Launched in 2011, the Chevrolet Cruze is a compact sedan meant for people on the lookout of inexpensive commuter vehicle. Still in its first generation of production, it has recently unveiled its new version of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze which is now called as its second generation model. With a resized and sleeker redesigned model, it will be available for sale across forty countries by next year. The car is set to compete against big brand sedans like the Mazda3, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Jetta as well as the same brand Volkswagen Golf.
First look – New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze
Immediately showing a completely brand new look, The Cruz hits you with its distinctive profile of boldly sculpted lines and oozing the sense of roomy interiors. The new model sports a dual port grille flanked by sweptback headlamps which look inspired by the new Malibu, Impala and Volt and lends it a more aerodynamic appearance. Its drag co-efficient is quoted as 0.29. Viewed from the side profile, it now resembles more coupe-like with tasty alloy wheels thrown into the equation.
The integrated spoiler on the boot lid and the separate pods for the reflectors enhance the aerodynamics look. Owing to its all-new D2 front-drive architecture, the car gains 0.6 inch of wheelbase and 2.7 inches of overall length. It is also about an inch lower. Despite getting larger, the Chevy has shed weight of about 250 pounds and enhanced in style.
Interiors of New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze
The new Cruz definitely boasts of an increased cabin space than its competitors like Volkswagen Jetta and the Hyundai Elantra. Still adhering to the dual-cockpit theme, the surfaces have acquired a new soft touch and showcase a mix of matt black and glossy piano black textures. It clearly is a massively improved interior with more legroom, totaling about 36.1 inches. Additional 2 inch of knee room can be acquired, lending it more spacious than both 2015 Ford Focus Sedan and Hyundai Elantra. However, owning to height decrease, the lower roofline, in spite of being attractive has compromised the available headroom.
In terms of designing, the shifter has been repositioned along with redesigning of cup-holders and storage spaces. The air vents have been slimmed down and the button layout in the center stack has been simplified. The surrounds for the gauge cluster and 4.2-inch high-res driver information display is more deeply set behind the steering wheel.
Technologically, the packed bundles of good stuff are bound to please customers. Its next-gen MyLink infotainment system with quick-responding seven-inch MyLink 7 inches touch-screen display is spectacular. It can also be upgraded to eight inches. Both screens are compatible with Apple CarPlay integration and Android Auto integration. Both connect via USB and offers phone functionality for stuffs like hands-free calls, text messaging, entertainment, and support for the more popular third-party apps and an eight-inch version is optional. An extra two inches of rear-seat knee room opens up the Cruze’s tight rear quarters.
In fact, the back seat is now roomy enough that cracking a laptop back there and putting the Cruze’s standard 4G LTE data connection and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to use is something we’d actually consider trying. To top it, OnStar with 4G LTE built-in WiFi hotspot is also available. Other comfort features like heated front cloth seats, a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel etc are added for utter comfort.
Security of New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Second Generation
The new architecture with high-strength steel in key areas gives the car better crash protection. Other features worth mentioning are 10 standard air bags at various positions, front passenger seat occupant sensing system, a rollover sensing system, a collapsible pedal assembly to protect against lower-extremity injuries, and a LATCH child seat system in the rear.
With a set of new and more power and fuel efficient engines, one can expect an improved performance. Promising affordability style as well as performance, this is definitely the car to look forward to.
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