The Chevrolet Cruze Hatch and Sedan ranges in South Africa have been given new life with the addition of turbocharged derivatives of both body styles. Marking the first time turbocharged Chevrolets have been available in South Africa, the new turbo models also usher in minor detail upgrades and a refreshed model line-up.
New fuel-efficient engine delivers a lot of punch
Forming part of General Motors’ global powertrain portfolio, the 1.4-litre turbocharged ECOTEC petrol engine now makes its way into Cruze models after proven use in other GM products the world over. Producing 103 kW between 4 900 and 6 000 rpm along with 200 Nm of torque between 1 850 ad 4 900 rpm, the smooth engine not only provides for an enhanced driving experience in both Cruze body styles, but also benefits in the fuel efficiency and carbon emissions stakes. Featuring standard start/stop technology, the four-cylinder unit has a dual overhead camshaft with variable valve timing and a multi-point injection fuel system.
Featured in the new Chevrolet Cruze 1.4T LS Sedan and Cruze 1.4T LS Hatch models, the new powertrain returns average combined fuel economy of 5.8-litres per 100 km, with corresponding CO2 emissions of 135 g/km each. Both models also come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox with gear ratios perfectly matched to the turbocharged engine, further ensuring optimal efficiency. This engine delivers performance comparable to units of a larger displacement while requiring less fuel and producing a smaller carbon footprint.
Packed with advanced active and passive safety systems
The safety architecture of the local Cruze sedan and hatch models is based on the original design which has earned top five-star safety ratings from both Euro NCAP and the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
To help the driver avoid accidents, the Cruze comes packed with advanced active safety systems which include:
• Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which helps the driver maintain control in challenging driving situations and keeps the vehicle heading in the intended direction. It also enables more precise, controlled anti-lock braking performance as well as exceptional traction and steering stability.
• Traction Control which limits wheel spin when one or both of the front drive wheels begin to lose traction
• Four-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The latter proportions brake pressure during braking.
In the case of an accident occurring, the Chevrolet Cruze 1.4T has front and rear crush zones engineered to collapse in a controlled fashion and maintain the integrity of the cabin. A collapsible pedal assembly also reduces the risk of injuries to the driver’s legs and feet during moderate-to-severe impacts.
All Cruze LS and LT models are equipped with five three-point seatbelts and six standard airbags. Safety seats for children can be secured using the ISOFIX anchoring system on the two rear outboard positions.
Specification upgrades add a little something extra
Along with the introduction of the new turbocharged powertrain, Chevrolet Cruze sedan and hatch models have both been given specification updates, further enhancing the value added by the new engine. Striking and optional new 17-inch alloy wheels update the exterior looks of the 1.4T LS models, along with slight design upgrades which include LED side indicators integrated into the door mirrors on all models and a chrome belt line on the Hatch. Two new colours are also available – Mars Stone Blue and Blue Sapphire.
Other standard equipment applicable to LS and LT-spec models includes one-touch up/down driver and front passenger windows, while LS-specific options include leather upholstery, a sunroof and the ‘Driver’s Pack’ which incorporates automatic climate control and rear parking sensors. New model changes notwithstanding, the entry level 1.6 Sedan now also benefits from the addition of ESC – something the rest of the Cruze range still enjoys.
Revised Cruze range continues with strong value
The introduction of the new turbocharged Cruze models to the range sees the new Cruze 1.4T LS Sedan and Hatch derivatives replacing the existing 1.8 LS Sedan and Hatch models. Supported by the Cruze 1.6 Sedan, 1.6 LS Sedan, 1.6 LS Hatch, 2.0D LS Sedan and the range topping 2.0D LT Sedan models, the two hatchback derivatives and five sedan derivatives complete a seven-model range in South Africa, with keen pricing and value for money still a strong Cruze selling point.