Last month, General Motors held the regional launch of the refreshed 2021 Chevrolet Cruze for South America in Argentina – the only country in the world where the nameplate is still manufactured. Now, the automaker officially began selling the 2021 Cruze in Brazil, which in recent years has been the largest market internationally for the compact vehicle.
As such, the 2021 Chevrolet Cruze has just gone on sale in the Brazilian market with design and equipment changes that seek to reinforce its strong sales performance in the South American country. The main novelty of the new model year is the return of the LTZ trim level, which was phased out in 2019, now serving as a mid-range variant between the existing LT and Premier.
“The changes are intended to generate greater differentiation between the three versions of Cruze, reinforcing the identity of each one to meet the preferences of different consumer profiles,” said Product Marketing Director at GM South America, Rodrigo Fioco, in a press release. “With that, we started offering Cruze LT for those looking for a premium vehicle with more traditional features, Cruze LTZ for those looking for a more sporting appeal and Cruze Premier as a synonym of maximum sophistication and refinement, in both body styles,” he added.
The LTZ version is widely known in the Bow Tie brand’s lineup and was very successful, both in the first generation and early in the current second-generation Cruze production cycle. Now, the trim returns on the 2021 Chevrolet Cruze with an updated design, sportier styling, and a higher level of features to keep up with the new desires of compact sedan customers.
Mechanically, all three variants of the 2021 Chevrolet Cruze are equipped with the turbocharged 1.4L LE2 I-4 engine that develops 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, mated to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. This powertrain configuration applies to the two body styles of the Cruze, the traditional sedan as well as the five-door hatchback that’s called Sport6 in Brazil.
The 2021 Chevrolet Cruze is now available in Brazil, with an exhaustive level of standard safety equipment, the latest generation of Chevrolet’s infotainment system with integrated 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and exclusive telematics services from OnStar. Here are the starting prices of the 2021 Cruze in Brazil:
- 2021 Cruze LT: 116,530 BRL (about $21,699 USD at the current exchange rate)
- 2021 Cruze LTZ: 128,490 BRL (about $23,930 USD)
- 2021 Cruze Premier: 139,690 BRL (about $26,000 USD)