All-New Chevrolet Cruze Goes On Sale in China

In the highly competitive compact segment, the Chevrolet Cruze is a favorite, especially in the United States of America. Its styling, drivetrain options, standard features and the affordable sticker price add up to a package that offers plenty for little money.
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But the Cruze was introduced in 2008, so its getting quite old now. Naturally, a second-gen model is in the works and will come to the U.S. pretty soon. In a curious turn of events, the all-new Chevrolet Cruze has already debuted at the '14 Beijing Auto Show.

Four months since its world debut, GM China announced that the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze went on sale in China and comes with lots of goodies that were previously unavailable. The more fluid exterior design is dubbed by Chevrolet with a cheesy slogan that goes like "design with a heartbeat." To be completely frank, the styling is not something to get your heart racing, but still, it's a huge improvement over the current-generation Chevrolet Cruze.

The second-geneneration is offered in China with a choice of just two engines: a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline mill and a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated motor boasting with modern tech such as direct injection. The 1.4L engine churns out 150 horsepower, while the 1.5L makes do with only 114 horsepower. Coupled to a stick shift transmission, the less powerful version of the new Chevy Cruze is priced in China from ¥109,900, which is roughly $17,880 at current exchange rates.

If you go for the more powerful engine, the third-gen S6 six-speed automatic or the all-new DCG seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, together with a few optional extras on top, you'll see that price go all the way to ¥169,900 (27,650 U.S. dollars). Because almost 50 percent of the new vehicle market in China is taken by compact cars, GM announced that the current Cruze will live on in China under the Cruze Classic nameplate. The U.S.-spec model is expected to debut next year, at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show.
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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