Several weeks ago General Motors released the first details and images for its new Chevrolet Cruze despite its scheduled world debut at the Paris Motor Show, which took place today. Joining the recently launched Insignia sedan, the new Cruze has been developed from the ground-up as a global model and will eventually be sold in Europe, North America and Asia.
The car's appearance and statistics have been well-known since its preview in the U.S. last month, but two new photos of the car's interior were revealed during the car's official debut in Paris today. These show the Cruze's cabin will have a thoroughly modern look about it, with more vibrant coloring than might be typical of GM's cars in the U.S.
The version pictured here has been designed for the European market and will be available with two petrol engines and one diesel engine upon its launch in March next year. The petrol engines measure 1.6 and 1.8L and develop 112hp (82kW) and 140hp (103kW) respectively. Both feature variable valve timing on the inlet and exhaust sides to improve fuel economy and boost low-end performance. The oil-burner is a 2.0L turbodiesel and develops 150hp (110lW) and 320Nm of torque. A five-speed manual will be fitted as standard but a new six-automatic will also be available.
The North American version of the car will replace the current Cobalt and is set to receive its own powertrain lineup and trim options. Power for the American version is expected to come from a 1.4L turbo four-cylinder that's good for 40mpg (5.88L/100km) on the open road, and likely to get close to 30mpg (7.8L/100km) in city use. Production will be handled at GM’s Lordstown assembly plant in Ohio, most likely in early 2010, with first sales to start soon after.
Built around the Delta 2 platform - the first GM vehicle to use the new architecture - the Cruze will be the forerunner of the replacements for many of GM’s cars around the world including the HHR, the Cobalt and Opel’s Zafira.
For the Asian market the car will be badged as a Daewoo and is expected to go on sale about the same time as the North American version.
2010 Chevrolet Cruze