In addition to the new RS and Midnight editions of the 2022 Chevy Cruze that recently debuted in South America, General Motors has also just launched an updated version of the Cruze LT in Argentina – the only country in the world where Chevrolet’s compact car is built. The 2022 Chevy Cruze expands its powertrain configuration in its most basic trim level by adding the six-speed automatic transmission in the Argentine market.
The 2022 Chevy Cruze LT is the entry-level version in South American countries, first launching in the region in late December 2019 as a 2020 model-year vehicle. Since then, this Cruze trim level has only been offered with a manual transmission in Argentina, but it now receives a six-speed automatic transmission to appeal to more customers in this segment.
“Chevrolet Cruze has become a transformation motor for our brand and our company. We are very proud of this model manufactured in our industrial complex in Alvear, Santa Fe,” said Vice President of GM Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, Federico Ovejero, in a statement. “[The Cruze] today continues to demonstrate its relevance and potential after three years of consecutive market share growth,” he added.
Notably, Argentina is no longer the only country in South America where the Chevy Cruze is still offered with the six-speed manual transmission, as it now also becomes the only one to offer the base trim of the vehicle with both transmission choices. As such, the automatic six-speed automatic will be available on both the sedan and five-door hatchback body styles of the updated 2022 Chevy Cruze LT.
Like all other versions of the vehicle in all countries where it is marketed, the 2022 Chevy Cruze LT continues to be powered by the turbocharged 1.4L LE2 I-4 engine that generates 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. For the first time in Argentina, the Cruze’s engine can be matched to the automatic transmission across all trim levels.
The updated 2022 Chevy Cruze LT with the automatic transmission is now on sale in Argentina, featuring an expanded six-hue paint color palette with new Darkmoon Blue, along with optional partial leather seat upholstery. With these novelties for the two body styles, the Chevy Cruze now has the widest and most complete lineup in its history in the Argentine market.
The starting price of the updated 2022 Chevy Cruze LT in Argentina is 3,276,900 ARS, a hefty $30,750 USD at current exchange rates.