2010 Detroit Auto Show: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Live Gallery

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The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan is already on sale in most parts of the globe but for Chevy’s most vital market the car’s launch is still several months away. At this week’s 2010 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet is continuing to tease us with its stylish new Civic and Corolla rival.

The Cruze promises to redefine fuel efficiency for the small-car segment, and its 1.4-liter four-cylinder range of engines could herald a new era of fun-to-drive cars for Americans, even if a sporty SS version never materializes.

Europeans are, of course, neck-deep in such cars, but American buyers have only recently come to appreciate the virtues of such vehicles--and U.S. fuel economy regulations have only recently come to incentivize their production and sales.

There will be three different time levels, LS, LT and LTZ trims. The engine lineup includes both naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines, including a 1.4-liter turbo and a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated mill. Six-speed automatic and manual transmissions are available.

The turbo is standard on LT and LTZ models, with power ratings estimated at 138-horsepower and 148-pound-feet of torque. The 1.8-liter naturally aspirated mill, meanwhile, will be rated at 136-horsepower and 123-pound-feet of torque.

When you're done ogling the live pics, check out TheCarConnection.com for a much more detailed report on the Cruze.

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Comments (7)
  1. Compared to the Ford Focus, the exterior of this car already appears dated...

  2. bepsf, I actually prefer this over the Focus. To me, some of the details of the Focus are off putting. The intakes are too big, the rear lights seem like they were designed for a different car, and all the character lines and the pumped wheelarches looks messy. I prefer the clean understated look of the Cruze.

  3. It's cool I guess.I almost feel like the designers are missing the point! Regardless of that, i hope they bring this to an auto show near me so I can see how the proportions of the front, side, and rear sit on the real thing.Marty, this is interesting. I hope GM (I guess through GMC) can pull something off like this in the crossover category by the 2012 model year. personally, think there is a little work to do on the styling (feeling a bit PT Cruiser'ish to me :-). Thanks for the update. Keep them coming.

  4. Damien--
    Reread my post - I didn't say that all the details of the Focus were perfect...
    I said that in comparison the Cruze seems dated already, in reference to the fact that it seems we've seen teaser photos of it for the past couple years already despite the fact that it's entering the market in very nearly the same timeframe as the just-revealed Focus.
    However if a grille appropriately sized for a Traverse, Kabuki headlamps, large chunks of black plastic in the bumper pretending to be air intakes and in the C-Pillars pretending to be windows, huge swaths of plastiluminum across the IP & steeringwheel and a chrome strip across the trunklid that's nearly as thick as a European license plate are what you consider "clean "and "understated" designwork, then I hope you'll be very happy with it.

  5. This was nice before the new Fusion came out. Now it looks dated and boring, especially the exterior.

  6. And the purpose of building two very different engines with similar output is what?

  7. I like this. Clean styles, sleek dash with usable controls, nice materials used inside. I like the cleaner upscale look rather than the teenager sport edging of the new Focus. The focus has more crease lines than my grandfather (three up each side of the hood, three more along the door, and huge ugly black air intakes that looks more like a new volkswagen or a mitsubishi). The backend looks busier than the Tribeca (uuugly), and the interior is plain monetone gray plastic. What's with the rear tail lamps trying to reach the rear door handles? Yeah, it may be sporty (hatch version -- sedan looks awkward), but there' only so much $$ a teenager or 20's something is willing to pay for a car, and rumour has it the Focus has been bumped quite a bit in price. The Cruze has amazed a lot of European car guys with how quiet it is, the material feel, etc. Yeah, not a racer, but more people keep wanting the gas milage thing every year. Go Cruze!

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