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Chevrolet Cruze receives a new suit for that iconic golden bow tie

23.04.2015

THE Chevrolet Cruze has become somewhat of a popular car on our South African roads in recent years. I only got to drive one for a brief amount of time about a year ago. I remember it to be a pleasant car, a no fuss, easy to live with car. Chevrolet has given the Cruze a new suit and they invited me down to Cape Town for the day, to give it a go.

What’s changed on the outside?

The exterior changes might be subtle but they do make a substantial difference. Changes have been made to the prominent dual-port front fascia as well as the addition of LED daytime running lights on LT and LTZ trims. They not only complement the Cruze’s swept-back headlamps for a sportier presence, they also bring the look of the Cruze more in line with the rest of the Chevy family. At the rear, things have been changed as well. New lights have been added, which look a lot like those of a Camaro and this completes the overall look. 

What’s changed on the inside?

Apart from the relocation of a few controls, not much has changed on the inside, really. The relocation of the door lock switch has been moved from the centre console to the driver’s door for convenience. The boot-lid release switch has been relocated to the centre console. The designers have also refined the cup holders to make it easier to insert and remove cups. Now before you stop reading because of boredom, just hang in there. You see, Chevrolet might not have changed the interior much but that’s because they spent all their time and effort on the technology that can be found in the Cruze. 

Tell me more about the technological updates

These tech updates actually highlight the interior enhancements. Chevrolet has incorporated a seven-inch diagonal colour touch screen, which has an interface that, according to Chevrolet, resembles that of an iPad.  Additional USB ports for your infotainment needs have also been added. The MyLink system offers enhanced voice recognition as well as Siri Eyes Free, which allows iPhone users to interact with the system via voice commands. There’s also a GM application, which you can download, which helps you get connected. The MyLink system offers the usual Bluetooth connectivity functions as well as a CD player. 

What about safety?

The refreshed Cruze offers more standard safety features than any other car in its class, including 2014 models of the Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla. Cruze has 10 standard air bags - including side-impact and knee air bags for front passengers - and offers side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist and a rear-view camera.

What’s your final thought?

The Cruze is the cornerstone of Chevy’s small car line up and is available in both hatch and sedan variants. There are two different engine choices, a 1.4-litre turbo charged unit, which produces 103kW and 200Nm of torque. The 1.4 is available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission whereas the 1.6-litre with its 86kW and 155Nm only gets a five-speed manual. I think the Cruze will continue to be a hot seller within the Chevy range. These enhancements made, both visually and technologically have just made a good car even better.

Pricing:

Hatch:  
Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 LS  R248 300.00
Chevrolet Cruze 1.4T LS  R265 200.00
Sedan:  
Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 R230 400.00
Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 LS  R247 200.00
Chevrolet Cruze 1.4T LS R262 500.00
Chevrolet Cruze 1.4T LS A/T R272 400.00

Article written by Justin Jacobs
23.04.2015
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