On June 24, we will be shown Chevrolet’s latest offering for the cut-throat compact-car segment. After years of compact-cars that fell short of promises (Cavalier, Cobalt) the current Chevrolet Cruze ushered in a new era of what Chevrolet was capable of. And it showed.
The current Chevrolet Cruze has sold over 3.5 million units worldwide, and the bowtie brand is confident their followup will be just as successful.
Among the reworked exterior and interior styling, there are plenty of new technical bits forthcoming. A newly developed seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is slated to handle shifting duties, while the latest in Ecotec engines will grace the 2016 Cruze under the hood. That includes a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder producing around 113 hp and 108 lb-ft of torque.
The 2016 Cruze will also have a larger footprint, with added interior space, but will weigh significantly less, thanks to General Motors’ D2XX platform.
It seems like a recipe for a successful 2016 Cruze launch. Sleek styling, a reworked interior cabin, new powertrains specs and, no doubt, greater fuel economy.
But, we turn it to you. What do you think the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze needs to stay competitive in the compact-car segment? Is it all-wheel drive? A go-fast variant? Maybe a hatchback body style? Be sure to discuss your thoughts in the comments down below.
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