The Chevrolet Cruze is the brand's top-selling car so far this year, and Chevrolet hopes to continue that sales momentum with the redesigned 2016 Cruze, which is more spacious, fuel-efficient and tech-friendly than the outgoing model. The 2016 Cruze debuted Wednesday in Detroit. This is the first full redesign of the Chevy Cruze since it debuted in the 2011 model year.
Chevrolet has dropped the 2015 model's 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder as the base engine in favor of a new turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 153 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. With the automatic, Chevy estimates that the 2016 Cruze will return 40 mpg highway. By comparison, a 2015 Cruze with the base engine and automatic transmission has an EPA estimate of 35 mpg highway. Chevrolet also says the Cruze can go as far as 530 miles per tank. A diesel Cruze will be available after the gas-powered model goes on sale.
The redesigned 2016 Cruze is faster than the outgoing model, Chevrolet says, which it attributes to a 250-pound weight reduction and a more powerful engine. Even though it is lighter, the 2016 Cruze is a bit longer than the old model, which gives it a more spacious back seat.
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The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze comes standard with a rearview camera, MyLink infotainment with a 7-inch touch screen and OnStar 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery, wireless phone charging, a heated steering wheel and MyLink with navigation and an 8-inch screen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available and work in conjunction with compatible iPhone and Android devices. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist and forward collision warning are also available.
Initial impressions of the new Cruze have been favorable among some publications. Cars.com writes, "So it seems that Chevy has gotten the package right, with some of the best materials to be found in a compact car, plenty of space and a dramatically improved multimedia experience."
The 2016 Chevy Cruze hits dealerships early next year, with the diesel model following in 2017. No pricing information has been released, but for reference, the 2015 Cruze starts at $16,170. The 2015 model currently ranks in sixth place in our affordable small car rankings. How do you think the redesigned Cruze will stack up?
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