General Motors is about to introduce the 2022 Chevy Cruze lineup with some exciting news in South America, the only region in the world where Chevrolet‘s compact car is still manufactured and marketed. In addition to the long-awaited RS variant of the model – which was ultimately not released last year – it has just been revealed that the automaker is also preparing to debut an all-new Cruze Midnight Edition for South American countries.
The 2022 Chevy Cruze was recently captured without camouflage during an official photo shoot in Argentina, where a security camera recorded two very distinctive units of the seventh model year of the second-generation Cruze made at the GM Alvear plant in Argentina. Motor1 Argentina had access to spy videos that reveal the naked 2022 Cruze RS, but also a Cruze Midnight Edition that has not been announced by GM so far.
As such, we now know that the all-new Midnight Edition will be the second design-focused addition to the 2022 Chevy Cruze range in South America, a possibility GM Authority exclusively evoked last year from an official GM Brazil teaser. This same strategy has already been executed by the company with the Chevy Onix, launching a more aggressively styled RS version exclusive to the hatchback and a Midnight Edition specific to the sedan.
Aesthetically, the all-new 2022 Chevy Cruze Midnight Edition will stand out for adopting the “all black” design scheme characteristic of this special series of Chevrolet. This includes black as the only paint color, the grille and other trim in darkened chrome, as well as specific alloy wheels also in gloss black. The same goes for the Jet Black leather interior with a dark finish and metallic black air vents.
Like the sporty looking RS version, the upcoming 2022 Chevy Cruze Midnight Edition will also have no mechanical changes from the rest of the existing versions. The new variant will feature the familiar turbocharged 1.4L LE2 I-4 engine developing 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The yet-unreleased 2022 Chevy Cruze RS hatchback and Cruze Midnight Edition sedan are expected to launch simultaneously next week in Argentina, where the model managed to post its best annual sales performance during the challenging 2021 calendar year. Presentation of both versions in Brazil should also be imminent as it is the main volume market for the Cruze today.