Chevrolet Cruze: first images

Production Cars 25 Aug 2008
Chevrolet Cruze: first images

Chevrolet has released the first official pictures of the Cruze four-door global model, which will debut at the Paris Motor Show and will go on sale in spring 2009. The design features bold lines and a lean profile.


On sale next spring, the four-door model is an entirely global car, which will go on sale across all continents as one of Chevrolet’s core new models.

Wider and longer than most of its competitors, Cruze has a purposeful stance with its wheels located at the outer edges of the bodywork. Tight body panel fits and a restrained use of exterior trim add to a high quality, ‘hewn from solid’ appearance.

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Its compact dimensions feature bold styling cues, with an arching roofline, sloping rear-pillars that give it a lean profile and a neatly styled rear deck providing upmarket and handsome good looks.

At the front, the large, sweeping headlamp units wrap around the nose of the car, while other design themes include a concave shoulder line, Chevrolet’s trademark two-tier grille and a restrained use of exterior trim, giving it a solid, unfussy appearance.

Chevrolet CruzeInside, the car features a twin-cockpit design, with a distinct centre console dividing the front into separate areas for the driver and passenger – a styling cue taken from various iconic Chevrolet performance cars.

“Our goal with the design of the Cruze was to be bold, not evolutionary,” said chief designer Taewan Kim.

“We wanted to take a big step forward, making a strong design statement for Chevrolet products around the world.”

At launch, three engines will be offered – 1.6-litre 112 hp and 1.8-litre 140 hp gasoline units, both with variable valve timing for optimal power, fuel economy and exhaust emissions, or a 2.0-litre 150 hp common-rail turbodiesel.

The Chevrolet Cruze will be available in Europe from March 2009, followed by other global markets with regional-specific engine choices.

(Source: Chevrolet

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