Chevrolet’s next-generation Cruze
has been testing in prototype form for the past year but now a completed version has been spotted in China, and it’s wearing zero camouflage. The new Cruze is expected to debut at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show
next month and go on sale in China in the second half of the year. A U.S. launch isn’t expected until sometime in 2015, likely meaning a 2016 model year arrival here.
It should be noted that the Cruze for the Chinese market will be slightly different to the one we get. Photos of the Chinese-spec car on Auto Sohu
(via World Car Fans
) show some differences between it and previous prototypes, especially concerning the tail-lights.
The styling of the new Cruze fits in more with Chevrolet’s current lineup of vehicles. Though it’s hard to tell in the photos, the new Cruze features a longer body than the current model as well as a sleeker design. Interestingly, the headlights look very similar to those on the updated 2015 Ford Focus
Chevrolet recently confirmed that its new Cruze in China will be powered by General Motors’ next-generation Ecotec engines. At launch the lineup will include a 1.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 113 horsepower, and a 1.4-liter turbo four rated at 148 horsepower. Similar units are likely to be offered in the Cruze sold in the U.S. market.
Production of the Cruze for the U.S. market will continue at General Motors' plant in Lordstown, Ohio where the current model has been assembled since 2010. Underpinning it will be an upgraded version of the outgoing model’s Delta II platform, possibly dubbed D2XX._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.