The new facelift Chevrolet Cruze has just hit our shores with a remarkable list of upgrades.
The old car, while still a good looker, received a facelift with integrated LED Daylight running lamps. The front and rear of the car has also been restyled slightly to follow suit with Chevrolet worldwide. The “bowtie” has been reduced in size and the black mesh is certainly more apparent too. At the back, we have a Chevrolet Malibu-like rear end, which brings me back to my previous statement of the brand trying to keep it uniform.
The interior has also been slightly restyled with the centre console finally receiving the MyLink Infotainment system (LS Model Only). This emphasises that Chevrolet wants you to bring your own media to the mix. The Icon styling is also now Ipad like, making things smoother, visually. There is also built in Bluetooth and voice activation.
On the engine side, they have now received the 1.4 Turbo engine, which features in most of GM’s vehicles as of late. This little gem produces 103kw and 200nm and has the option of either being mated to a 6 speed manual or a 6 speed automatic transmission. In our short sample drive, we preferred the auto compared to the manual. The Cruze is no sports car; with light steering, making it easy in traffic and soft suspension to soak up the bumps on our roads. The steering felt a little too vague and the suspension had a lot of body roll. These things can, however, be over looked with the exceptional interior spec (when compared to the opposition).
6 Airbags, ABS, EBD and ESC all contributed to the top safety ratings (NCAP 5 star). There are also multiple crumple zones in the front and rear of the car.
A thing to note is that the 1.6 naturally aspirated models are still available, but only in manual form.
All Cruzes comes with a service plan of 3 years / 60 000km to 5 years / 90 000km and a 5 year 120 000km warranty.
Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 LS R245 300.00
Chevrolet Cruze 1.4T LS R265 200.00
Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 R230 400.00
Chevrolet Cruze 1.6 LS R247 200.00