Due for a Paris auto show launch this October, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is here now--at least in visual form.
These are the first photos of the Cruze, which GM is calling a "four-door coupe," which should have Benz and VW patent lawyers counting billable hours. The Cruze has a dramatic new profile, compared to the Cobalt it will replace, with a much airier greenhouse and a more interesting, angular front end. It's all part of a new global design language for the Chevrolet brand, GM adds. Inside, the Cruze uses a twin-cockpit theme and higher-grade materials--but we'll have to wait and see at Paris to confirm.
In Europe, engines will include a 112-horsepower, 1.6-liter four and a 140-hp 1.8-liter four, as well as a 150-hp turbodiesel 2.0-liter four. Five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions will be the norm.
Sales start over there in March 2009; the U.S. Cruze is due as a 2011 model as Chevrolet sees its Cobalt getting a second wind in sales.