Spyshots: 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Begins Nurburgring Testing
Originally expected to come out in 2014, the new Cruze has reportedly been pushed back to 2015 and will thus go on sale as a 2016 model year.
The new Cruze sedan will still be classed as a compact, but it will be one of the biggest cars in its segment, offering more rear legroom, which many customers have been complaining about. It will be based on a new platform called the D2XX, derived from the current Delta II but adapted with use of high strength steel.
We've managed to capture a glimpse of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze sedan as it was undergoing testing at the Nurburgring, the first such session. Heavy camouflage is still covering up the majority of the body, but we thing the styling is similar to that of the Tru 140S Concept from last year.
As for the powertains, we need only look at what Opel is doing to know what's coming the Cruze's way. The Germans have just announced a batch of new SIDI petrol engine, and the 170 hp 1.6-liter turbo would be a good match for this car. In Europe, smaller engines like the 1.4-liter turbo. Diesels will of course be part of the Chevrolet Cruze model range, likely to include the new 136 PS 1.6-liter in Europe and the 140-hp 2-liter in the US, maybe updated with a bit more power.
Production will still take place in Lordstown, Ohio, where the current model has been assembled since 2010. Sources say that GM wants to lower South Korean car production because of volatility in the region, so European production looks likely.
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