The Z-Series models get a few extra features and sharp drive-away pricing to boost the ageing line-up's appeal.
The range kicks off with the $21,990 1.8 litre Z-Series manual sedan - which replaces the auto-equipped $24,190 CDX - and tops out with the $28,690 SRi Z-Series turbocharged hatch and sedan.
The new models also come with drive-away pricing deals as part of the package, with the entry Z-Series 1.8 litre manual sedan at $22,990 and the SRi Z Series 1.6 turbo manual positioned at $27,990.
Features for the 1.8 litre Z-Series models include 17-inch alloy wheels with a dark finish, along with a rear lip spoiler, sill plates, Z-Series floor mats and Z-Series exterior badging.
Those add-ons join the regular CDX features, which include the MyLink infotainment system with seven-inch touchscreen, along with Apple's Siri Eyes-Free voice recognition, leather-appointed seats, push-button start, reversing camera and parking sensors.
Go for the SRi versions and there are 18-inch alloy wheels in the dark finish, a sports spoiler for hatch models (sedans already have a boot lip spoiler) and alloy pedal-covers, along with the sill plates and Z-Series floor mats and badging.
Regular SRi features, beyond the CDX trim, include satellite navigation, sports body kit and sports suspension.
Cruze sales have fallen 22 percent year-to-date, so Holden will be looking to the new Z-Series models and lower pricing to drive new interest among buyers that have a number of new options - including the Mazda3, Hyundai i30 and Corolla - to consider.
PRICING (excludes on-roads except where noted)
- Z-Series sedan, 1.8 petrol (manual) - $21,990 ($22,990 drive-away)
- Z-Series sedan, 1.8 petrol (auto) - $24,190
- Z-Series sedan, 2.0 diesel (auto) - $28,190
- SRi Z-Series hatch/sedan, 1.6 petrol turbo (manual) - $26,490 ($27,990)
- SRi Z-Series hatch/sedan, 1.6 petrol turbo (auto) - $28,690