Chevrolet has given its Cruze line-up a cosmetic nip ‘n tuck and a power boost for 2012.
Both the saloon and the newly introduced hatchback have undergone changes to their fascias, including revisions to the dual-port grille, headlamps and front and rear bumpers. The 1,6-litre model rolls on a set of revised 16-inch alloy wheels while the diesel features 17-inch items.
On the powerplant front, the 1,6-litre petrol engine now produces 91 kW (up from the previous car’s 80 kW) while the 2,0-litre diesel sees its outputs climb from 110 to 120 kW and 360 N.m of torque, up from the previous unit’s 320 N.m. The 1,8-litre petrol unit’s outputs remain unchanged at 104 kW and 176 N.m of torque. Both petrol units are coupled with a five-speed manual gearbox, while the diesel is offered with a choice of a six-speed manual for the LS model and a six-speed automatic transmission for the higher-spec LT.
Among the standard features on the base-level 1,6 are a Headlamp levelling system, ABS, dual front airbags, power steering, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, electric windows and mirrors, air-conditioning, radio/CD audio system with aux-in and an alarm/immobilizer with central locking and speed-sensitive locking.
LS spec adds Bluetooth, ESP, front foglamps, side and curtain airbags, reach adjustment for the steering wheel, a rear centre headrest and enhanced display for the on-board computer. The range-topping 2,0D LT further adds traction control, 17-inch alloys, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, auto lights and wipers and electrically folding side mirrors.
All of the Cruze models are covered by a five year/120 000 kilometre warranty and come with a three year/60 000 km service plan as standard.
Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback 1,6 LS R212 400
Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback 1,8 LS R224 800
Chevrolet Cruze Sedan 1.6 L R201 800
Chevrolet Cruze Sedan 1.6 LS R215 400
Chevrolet Cruze Sedan 1.8 LS R227 800
Chevrolet Cruze Sedan 2.0 LS Diesel R265 300
Chevrolet Cruze Sedan 2.0 LT AT Diesel R285 700