Last year, the body of a white Chevrolet Cruze was spotted riding on the back of flatbed in China. The car was neither the outgoing first-generation Cruze nor the all-new D2XX-based model, so needless to say we were a little confused. That was before realizing that Chevrolet
announced plans seems to be planning to offer the outgoing Cruze as the ‘Cruze Classic’ in China, which will serve as a more affordable option to the pricier, more upscale, and more feature-rich new model.
With the 2015 Cruze set to go on sale in China soon, Chevrolet is also prepping the Cruze Classic for its official debut. The car was spotted in production guise by Car News China and unsurprisingly, it looks exactly like the model we saw on the flatbed last year. Some of the most prominent changes include a new grille, new foglights and headlights, and a reshaped trunk lid with a larger Chevrolet bowtie and new taillights. The license plate bracket has also been moved from its position on the trunk to the rear bumper.
The Cruze Classic will be offered with the same engine portfolio as the outgoing Cruze, which means both the 1.6- and 1.8-liter Ecotec engines will be on offer. The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine will not be offered, finding a new place in the 2015 model as the range-topping powerplant. Prices will likely range from 108,900 yuan ($17,684 USD) to 157,200 yuan ($25,527).