Chevrolet has enhanced the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback and sedan range for 2015, adding a 1.4 turbo model with a six speed automatic transmission for the first time in Southern Africa.
Now with a line-up of four sedan and two hatchback models, Chevrolet has given the Cruze a new face and rear styling for an elegant and classy look. The interior remains unchanged, with LS models now receiving Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system as standard.
First introduced in 2013, the turbocharged 1.4 ECOTEC petrol engine now benefits from the addition of an automatic transmission to complement the existing six-speed manual. The turbocharged 1.4T LS generates 200Nm of torque for a smoother ride and instantaneous power delivery under all road conditions. Power remains at 103 kW between 4 900 and 6 000 rpm.
Combined fuel consumption is 6.8l/100km, with corresponding carbon emissions of 157 g/km. The 1.4 turbo auto has the highest top speed of all the models in the range topping off at 204 km/h with a 0 to 100km/h acceleration time of 10.4 seconds.
The 1.4 turbo models matted to the manual transmission are fitted with stop/start technology for additional fuel economy and lower emissions. Combined fuel consumption for the manual is 5.8 l/100km, with carbon emissions measured at 135 g/km. This model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h 9.3 seconds and has a top speed of 195 km/h.
Three models in the range are fitted with Chevrolet’s naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine. Performance figures for this engine are 86 kW of power at 6 200 rpm, 155 Nm of torque at 4 000 rpm. Combined fuel consumption is 6.7 l/100km with 158 g/km CO² emissions. Zero to 100 km/h is 12.8 seconds and a top speed of 185 km/h for the 1.6 hatch and 190 km/h for the 1.6 sedan.
The 2015 Cruze has exterior styling cues inspired by the Malibu, updates include revised treatments such as the front fascia and grille with new projector type fog lamps and LED daytime running lamps. The rear fascia enhancement of the sedan model includes a new deck lid and tail lamp design adding great value and sophistication on the vehicles already well received styling. To complement the fresh new rear and fascia, a new 16” and 17” alloy wheel design is now available while the 17” is optional on all LS models.
Cruze comes with a standard service plan offering of 3 years/60 000km to 5 years/90 000 km across the range. Also standard with the Cruze is a warranty and roadside assistance covering 5 years/120 000km and anti-corrosion warranty 5 years/unlimited km. Prices ranges between N$248,300 and N$272,400.