2016 Chevrolet Cruze spy shots - Image via Julius Tanzo
According to a report from Reuters, the delay will enable engineers to make further changes to the vehicle as well as allow Chevrolet to earn more sales of the current model, which remains popular with shoppers. Sales of the current model were up 17 percent for the first six months of the year, registering at 134,000 units.
The 2016 Cruze will be slightly longer than the current model, with most of the increase featuring in the rear section. This should translate to more space for rear seat passengers and additional storage in the trunk.
Influencing the look of the car appears to be 2012’s Chevrolet Tru 140S concept. The swoopy front section and tail-light configuration matches nicely with what we see on the concept. Though it’s yet to be confirmed, the 2016 Cruze may eventually spawn a coupe variant even more closely aligned with the Tru 140S concept, which itself was a coupe.
Production of the 2016 Cruze will continue at General Motors' plant in Lordstown, Ohio, where the current model has been assembled since 2010. The car will also be built at plants in South Korea and possibly Australia.
Underpinning it will be an upgraded version of the current model’s Delta II platform, possibly dubbed D2XX, which will replace both the Delta II and Theta platforms in the General Motors Company [NYSE:GM] portfolio. D2XX will spawn everything from hatchbacks to crossovers and will feature in the next generation of the Chevy Volt and Cadillac ELR extended-range electric cars, as well as in the next Buick Verano, Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Opel Astra.
As for the 2016 Cruze’s powertrain lineup, expect the current offerings to carry over with only minor improvements. This means a range of four-cylinder units, including the new 2.0-liter turbodiesel just added to the current Cruze lineup.