General Motors has just launched the refreshed Chevrolet Cruze for South America during a special event in Brazil. The midcycle refresh of the second-generation Chevrolet Cruze finally arrives in the South American region for the 2020 model year, having first arrived in North American for the 2019 model year and then being discontinued at the GM Lordstown and GM Ramos Arizpe plants shortly after.
In addition to an updated exterior design, the 2020 Chevrolet Cruze features two other important changes for South American markets. For starters, the 2020 Cruze is the first Chevrolet car in South America to adopt the Premier trim level, which has so far only been used on utility vehicles in the region. Hence, the Cruze Premier replaces Cruze LTZ as the range-topping model within the Cruze range.
The most noteworthy new feature of the refreshed Chevrolet compact sedan and hatchback is the introduction of the integrated Wi-Fi hotspot, which offers users the ability to simultaneously connect up to seven devices to the network. In this fashion, the Cruze Premier becomes the first vehicle in South America to offer integrated onboard Wi-Fi internet, delivering a level of connectivity superior to that offered by any of its competitors.
“We are used to accessing Wi-Fi at home, at work, and in the restaurant, but why not in the car?,” said Carlos Zarlenga, President of GM South America, in a statement translated by GM Authority from Portuguese. “Studies show that Brazilians are one of the most connected people in the world, spending an average of two and a half hours a day in the traffic in city large centers. Onboard Wi-Fi completely changes the in-car user experience.”
In the case of the 2020 Chevrolet Cruze, the Wi-Fi Hotspot is completely integrated into the vehicle, which means that it is part of vehicle’s electronic architecture that allows for better operation, a higher level of security as well as access to future connected services.
Besides the new Wi-Fi hotspot, the 2020 Cruze also adds the latest, third-generation Chevrolet infotainment system that features a new interface and a higher resolution 8-inch color touchscreen.
Inside, the Chevrolet Cruze Premier features improved materials and a new black-brown interior color combination. Additionally, the vehicle now offers support to wirelessly charge larger-sized mobile devices.
What’s more, the model’s suite of active safety systems is reinforced with the addition of the pedestrian detection and automatic braking technology.
For the South American market, the Chevrolet Cruze will be built at the GM Rosario plant in Argentina. It will continue being offered with the turbo-charged 1.4L I-4 LE2 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain combination is rated at 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.
It’s also worth noting that the for the 2020 model year, the Cruze now features a button on the center console that enables one to disable the engine auto stop-start feature.
The 2020 Chevrolet Cruze will become available in Brazil and Argentina in September 2019. Other South American countries will get the vehicle during the fourth quarter of 2019.
The model continues available in two body styles – a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Ten exterior colors will be available, including Summit White, Abalone White, Switchblade Silver, Satin Steel, Black Meet Kettle, Edible Berries, Gasoline, Glory Red, Wyeth Metallic and Darkmoon Blue.