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Mike Stevens | Feb, 28 2011 | 13 Comments


Holden has today taken the wraps off its new Australian-built Series II Cruze, bringing styling updates, wider model choices and new petrol and diesel engines.

New sports models also feature in the Series II Cruze line-up, with the new SRi and range-topping SRi-V joining the existing CD and CDX. Click here to learn more about the SRi and SRi-V.

“This is Holden’s largest engineering and manufacturing program since VE Commodore but it’s also a successful private and public partnership which shows what can be achieved when industry and government work together,” Holden Chairman and MD, Mike Devereux said today.

“Localising Cruze has allowed us to re-engineer the car for Australian drivers, with greater fuel efficiency and performance, and given our manufacturing operations the flexibility to meet the needs of the Australian market well into the future.”

Based on General Motors' Delta small-car platform, the Series II Cruze joins the Zeta-based Commodore on Holden's production line in Elizabeth, South Australia.

When the Cruze Sedan is joined by the Australian-built Cruze Hatchback later this year, Holden's Elizabeth plant will feature 51 variants in its assembly schedule - including six body styles and nine variants in left and right-hand drive.


The Series II Cruze gains a subtly restyled front end for the CD and CDX variants, with Holden's trademark trapezoidal grille and enhanced chrome highlights.

The Cruze's headlights have also been updated with new jewelled bezels, while the rear fascia gets new a subtle makeover also. New wheel designs have also been added to the line-up.

The updated Cruze Series II range is available with 10 colour choices, including Phantom, Alto Grey, Nitrate, Karma, Mirage Glow, Voodoo, Poison Ivy, Sizzle, Heron White and Red Hot. 


Series II Holden Cruze CD standard feature highlights:

  • Engine options:
    1.8L ECOTEC petrol
    1.4 iTi DOHC turbo petrol
    2.0L DOHC turbo diesel
  • New 16-inch wheel options
  • Six-speaker multimedia audio system with radio, in-dash CD, USB flash drive/iPod/MP3 compatibility
  • Steering wheel remote audio and cruise controls
  • Graphic information display
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows all round
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Body-coloured door handles
  • Watts link performance suspension (paired to 1.4 iTi model only)

Series II Holden Cruze CDX additional feature highlights:

  • Engine options: 
    1.8L ECOTEC petrol
    2.0L DOHC turbo diesel
  • New 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Fog lamps
  • Leather-appointed seat trim
  • Leather-wrap steering wheel and shifter
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear park assist
  • Chrome exterior highlights

Standard safety features for CD and CDX:

  • Six airbags – front driver and passenger, front side impact, side curtain
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Traction Control
  • Brake Assist
  • Collapsible pedal assembly system


The 2011 Cruze benefits from a pair of new engines, with a new 1.4 litre petrol engine joining the range for the first time, and a new-generation 2.0 litre turbodiesel bringing power and efficiency improvements over the outgoing turbodiesel.

All three engines meet the latest Euro 5 emission standards.


The all-new turbocharged 1.4 litre iTi (intelligent turbo induction) DOHC petrol engine, equipped with variable valve timing, is standard with the new SRi and SRi-V models, and optional with the Cruze CD.

Power for the 1.4 litre engine is rated at 103kW, with 200Nm of torque available between 1850-4900rpm. 

Paired with Holden's new six-speed manual transmission, the 1.4 litre engine returns fuel consumption figures of 6.4 l/100km, while the optional six-speed auto - including Active Select - lists figures of 6.9 l/100km.

The Cruze's existing 104kW/176Nm 1.8 litre ECOTEC petrol engine carries over from the Series I range, although Holden says the engine brings a number of refinements for 2011, designed to give the engine a "more lively launch feel and all-round improved driveability." Watch for TMR's review.

Matched with the five-speed manual transmission, the 1.8 petrol returns 7.0 l/100km, while the six-speed auto delivers fuel consumption figures of 7.4 litres per 100km.


Holden's new 2.0 litre DOHC common-rail turbodiesel engine is optional with Cruze CD and CDX variants.

The new diesel engine produces 120kW and 360Nm of torque at 1750rpm, up by 10kW and 40Nm over its predecessor.

Fuel consumption for the new engine improves slightly, with the new six-speed manual transmission seeing a return of 5.6 l/100km, while the optional six-speed auto remains unchanged at 6.7 l/100km.


Pricing for the 1.8 litre CD and CDX models remains unchanged, while models equipped with the new-generation diesel engine have increased in price by $500.

The new Cruze Series II range will be on sale in Australia from late March.

  • 2011 Holden Cruze Series II CD - 1.8L Petrol - $20,990 
  • 2011 Holden Cruze Series II CD - 1.4iTi - $22,240 
  • 2011 Holden Cruze Series II CD - Diesel - $24,990 
  • 2011 Holden Cruze Series II CDX - 1.8L Petrol - $24,490 
  • 2011 Holden Cruze Series II CDX - Diesel - $28,490 
  • Automatic transmission - +$2,000
  • Prestige Paint - +$500 

Note: prices are Manufacturer's List Price, and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.

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