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Mike Stevens | Apr, 14 2014 | 5 Comments


GM’s small Cruze sedan has been given one last makeover before its all-new replacement arrives in the coming year.

The new Cruze has already surfaced online - in Chinese market trim, at least - and a motor-show debut for that new model could occur in Beijing next week.

This updated Cruze, shown here in overseas Chevrolet form, is expected to soldier on for the next year as GM finalises development of the new model for Western markets.

For 2014, the updated Cruze gets a refresh limited to the front end, with a pointy new nose and a more stylised take on Chevrolet’s familiar dual-port grille design.

There’s also a brand-new bumper with integrated daytime lights, while the headlights remain unchanged for the new model year.

GM says the updated Cruze’s look was inspired by the larger Malibu, along with the new Impala sedan (not offered in Australia).

Interior images have not been released, but GM describes new cup holders and relocated switches for the doors and boot lid.

Engine options also remain unchanged, with GM’s new small Ecotec range not scheduled to appear until the all-new Cruze debuts in the coming year.



Will we see this update in Australia? Holden has said only that it does not comment on future models, but reports suggest the company is planning to continue Australian production of the updated Cruze range.

It remains to be seen however if Australia’s updated Cruze will again feature a unique grille design, or if GM will use the opportunity to switch one more model to the global Chevrolet face (with a Holden badge in place of the Chevrolet ‘bowtie’).

If the updated Cruze comes in with the Chevrolet dual-port grille design, it will join the Colorado pickup and sports versions of the new VF Commodore range in sporting the company’s global look.

As for the next Cruze, it is unclear if production will occur in Australia, with Holden’s local manufacturing operations scheduled to end in 2017 - likely too short a timeline to invest in the extensive re-tooling required for an all-new model.

This could mean that Australian production of the Cruze could end with the retirement of the current model in late 2015 or early 2016.

Above: Australia's current Cruze sedan.
Above: Australia's current Cruze sedan.

The Cruze remains a top-10 seller in the US, last month notching up 248,000 sales in that market alone. Australian Cruze sales, while strong on 1619 for March, were down 716 on the same period last year.

Year-to-date the Cruze has managed only 4447 sales (2013 YTD: 5702), compared to 12,117 for the Mazda3 and 10,332 for the new Corolla.

The current Cruze range also looks to have entered runout sales, with the entry-level Equipe model available from $19,990 drive-away.

If this updated model is bound for Australia, watch for a debut to occur before the year is out.

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Above: the new Chinese-market Cruze surfaces.
Above: the new Chinese-market Cruze surfaces.

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