Chevy officially revealed the 2019 Cruze back in April, but we have not seen the refreshed model in the wild (on the road) until today. We recently managed to catch a final prototype of the updated model undergoing final testing, and took a whole set of pictures, which we’re showing you here today.
This particular model is the Cruze Diesel hatch (model 1BT68) with the standard equipment group (1SH). It’s essentially the base model Cruze Diesel hatch that has roughly the equipment group of the Cruze LT, albeit with the diesel motor. The model seen here is coated in the Graphite Metallic (paint code GPA), which is only available on the Cruze hatchback – and not on the Cruze sedan.
A new fascia, grille and headlamps define the updates to the front end. As far as refreshes go, this one is quite minimal, so one may have to pay attention to the details to discern between the updated Cruze and the pre-facelifted model. Even so, the new front end does bear a notable family resemblance to the 2019 Malibu.
We should note that this Cruze Diesel Hatch features LED signature daytime running lamps and halogen dual projector headlamps as standard equipment. The fog lamp cutouts on this model are filled by black blanking panels; opting for the optional RS package replaces those blanking panels with actual fog lamps. Alas, this model rides without the RS appearance package.
The only change to the side of the 2019 Cruze are new wheel designs, and the model seen here appears to be wearing a new set of 16-inch aluminum wheels (RPO code SK8).
We do, however, appreciate the green sticker above the fuel door that serves as a courteous reminder to only put the stuff they call diesel into the tank.
At the rear, the 2019 Cruze gets a revised set of “expressive dual-element taillamps”. In other words, a new set of taillamps is in order. Meanwhile, range-topping Premier models get LED accent taillamps instead of the incandescent units seen here. The CHMSL remains untouched.
We didn’t get a chance to capture the interior of the tester, but we have a pretty good idea of what we would have found: the new Chevrolet Infotainment System 3 radio with a 7-inch color touchscreen, which is standard on all 2019 Cruze models.
2019 models also see a revised port setup, with two USB ports and one auxiliary jack now being included. By comparison, the 2018 model did not have an aux jack but did have two USB ports, one that integrates with the last-generation infotainment/audio system, and another only for charging. The 2019 model also gets two interior color combinations:
- Jet Black / Galvanized in Leatherette
- Jet Black/ Umber in Leatherette
Finally, the 2019 Cruze loses some interior features, including:
- Manual transmission option
- Ambient interior lighting, which was available on LT and standard on Premium
- Dual rear reading lights, which were standard only on Premier
- Seatback pocket on the passenger side, which was the only side of the car that had the seatback pocket in the first place
- Turn signal indicators integrated in the exterior mirrors, which were previously included on Premier trim
Under The Hood
The 2019 Cruze Diesel hatch seen here is powered by the 1.6L Turbo-Diesel LH7 inline four-cylinder engine mated to the GM 9-speed automatic transmission. The combination is rated at 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.
The only other engine offered in the 2019 Cruze is the 1.4L Turbo LE2 four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to the GM 6-speed automatic transmission. The duo makes 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.
Notably, all 2019 Cruze models gain an override for the engine auto stop-start system.
Availability & Pricing
The 2019 Cruze goes on sale later this year.
Pricing has not yet been announced. The 2018 Cruze Diesel Hatch with an automatic transmission had a starting price of $24,845.
About Chevrolet Cruze
The Chevrolet Cruze is a range of compact passenger cars currently consisting of a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback. It slots above the Chevrolet Spark city car and subcompact Chevrolet Sonic and below the midsize Chevrolet Malibu and full-size Chevrolet Impala.
The current model was introduced for the 2016 model year and represents the second generation of the Cruze nameplate. It rides on the GM D2 platform shared with the second-generation Chevrolet Volt and Buick Verano (in China). The second-generation Cruze received a midcycle enhancement, otherwise known as a facelift, refresh or update, for the 2019 model year that consists of updated exterior styling, a new Chevrolet infotainment system, and new interior colors.
Compared to its first-generation predecessor, the second-gen model is an all-new vehicle that is slightly larger, sleeker and more modern. The first-generation Cruze family was produced in sedan, hatchback, and wagon body styles, but only the sedan was available in North America. By comparison, the second-generation model is available as a sedan and hatchback. Though a wagon variant of the second-gen model was never produced, the hatchback model was made available in North America.
The Chevrolet Cruze is produced across the following four GM plants globally:
- GM Lordstown plant in Lordstown, Ohio, USA assembling the Cruze sedan for North America
- GM Ramos plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico assembling the Cruze hatch for North America
- GM Rosario plant in Argentina assembling the Cruze sedan and Cruze hatch (called Cruze6) for Latin America
- GM Gunsan plant in South Korea for Eurasia (the facility has been shuttered)
- GM Norsom II plant in China assembling the Cruze sedan and Cruze hatchback for all markets
- GM Hanoi plant in Vietnam
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