The next-generation Cruze small sedan will make its global debut next month, GM’s Chevrolet arm has confirmed this week.
And, as yet another sign of the growing importance of infotainment to modern motorists, the first preview released today reveals only the new model’s centre display, running Apple’s new CarPlay system.
The released images accompany the announcement that, depending on the model, the new Cruze will offer connectivity with both CarPlay and the new Android Auto platform.
The Cruze won’t be alone, however, with 14 other Chevrolet models adding connectivity for both systems over the next year.
Chevrolet's European counterpart, Opel, has also confirmed that it too will offer CarPlay and Android Auto with its new Astra, due in September.
As for the new Cruze’s styling, and its place in Australia’s Holden line-up, details are less clear.
A new Cruze sedan was revealed for the Chinese early last year, but spy photos obtained by TMR in more recent months suggest that Western buyers will be offered a different version of the Cruze.
The new model is expected to built on GM’s D2XX platform, which will also underpin the new Opel/Holden Astra hatch.
Both cars are expected to come to Australia as Holdens, fulfilling the lion brand’s need for both hatch and sedan offerings in the small-car market.
The new models will form part of a campaign that will see Holden deliver 24 “major new vehicle launches” by 2020, along with 36 new powertrain combinations.