Slim and lightweight 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is official

Chevrolet Cruze world car is now presented in a completely new design. The second generation has received much sleeker look with much more eye-catching lines, thanks to folds and lines from front to rear bumper. It does not look typically American, but is probably deliberate move as this a model for broad audience worldwide. The sleek front look is a result of extensive wind tunnel testing. The aerodynamic coefficient of drag is low at 0.29. It is similar to the outgoing model.

New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has grown over its predecessor. It is 680 mm longer than previous model. The wheelbase has also been extended which means more comfort for passengers at the back. The new Cruze is 250 mm lower than the outgoing model. It is also more lighter and agile. A total of 113 kilograms are shaved off and torsional rigidity is increased by 27 percent.

The interior of new Cruze looks more solid and not quite as cluttered as before, despite of many buttons and knobs. The center console has grown and what we can make from pictures is, it looks like the model has got electric parking brake on top end model. The standard version of infotainment system comes with 7-inch display while the optional system offers 8-inch screen that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Another non-touchsensitive 4.2 inches screen is allocated between tachometer and speedometer.

Chevrolet Cruze comes with new safety features. Ten airbags are offered, including knee airbags on both front seats. To further increase security, proper collision sensors are installed at front and back. Disc brakes are standard on all four wheels and optional package contains safety systems like forward collision alert, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert and side blind zone alert.

Under the hood, Chevrolet will offer two engines. One gasoline and one diesel. The 1.4 liter turbocharged petrol engine produces 154 hp at 5600 rpm and delivers 240 Nm(177 lb-ft) of torque. The engine comes with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. According to Chevrolet 0-60 mph is achieved in eight seconds. The 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel engine produce 164 hp and 360 Nm(265 lb-ft) of torque at 2000 rpm. This engine is also available with both manual and automatic transmission.

It is to be seen whether the new Cruze can pick up where the old one ended. It was one of the best models for Chevrolet that has sold more than 3.5 million copies in just seven years. Sale of the second-generation Cruze will start next year and it will be available in 40 countries.

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