2015 HOLDEN CRUZE REVEALED
The covers have come off Holden’s next-generation Cruze sooner than the company would have liked, thanks to a series of new spy photos in the Chinese press.
Caught in a Shanghai holding yard this week without a shred of camouflage, this showroom-ready sedan offers the first true look at the larger new 2015 Cruze.
The Cruze has been given modern new lines to replace the ageing first-generation model, currently holding down fourth place in Australia’s competitive small-car market.
Shown here in Chevrolet guise, the new Cruze gets the bowtie brand’s familiar front-end treatment, with a dual-port grille flanked by long new headlights and fog lamps.
In profile, there's a higher belt-line and a compact glasshouse, creating a more coupe-like appearance.
At the rear is a pair of Impala-inspired tail-lights, connected by a long chrome garnish beneath the lights and through the boot lid.
The new sedan’s dash has also been uncovered in these latest spy photos, revealing a faux leather-wrapped and stitched dash, creating a more upmarket look to help the Cruze take on the top-selling Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla.
There’s also a new three-spoke steering wheel, while the cabin is decked out in chrome and gloss black highlights.
The current Cruze line-up includes the original sedan, a five-door hatch and the Sportwagon (a later arrival), but it remains to be seen if the new range will get a similar spread.
The current model's Delta II platform is expected to continue with the next Cruze, although extensive upgrades are expected to help the car remain competitive in the small-car segment.
Motivating the new Cruze will be new 1.4 and 1.5 litre four-cylinder engines, forming part of the GM Ecotec powertrain family announced in March.
Developed for use in light, small and medium cars and crossovers, output in the new engines will range from 56 to 123kW and 95 to 250Nm of torque.
For the Cruze, GM claims that its turbocharged 1.4 litre engine is 50 percent quieter and more refined than Volkswagen’s 1.4 litre engine.
For Australia, the Cruze may again adopt a Holden-specific grille design.
However, with local manufacturing set to end in 2017, GM may choose to cut costs by switching Holden to the Chevrolet face. (But expect the familiar lion badge to replace the bowtie.)
We could also see Holden turn again to German stablemate Opel for a number of models, opening the door to a lion-badged Astra hatch that could be sold alongside the Cruze sedan.
(A left-hand-drive Astra has been undergoing a lot of testing at Lang Lang in recent months, and spied regularly in transit.)
Watch for the new Cruze to make its global debut in coming months, before hitting Australian showrooms in 2015.
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