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2011 Chevrolet Cruze: First Pics

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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.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

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  1. I figured it would be ugly. But damn, that makes the rest of Chevy's hideous lineup look good.
     
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  2. They'll introduce that car just as GM goes bankrupt.
     
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  3. Those headlights just need to be cleaned up (lop off the "horns") and it will look all right. But leave it to the bean counters to decide it's better to try to squeeze every last dime out of the Cobalt. What would Malibu sales be like if they extended that model another 2 years?
     
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  4. This car will bring foreign car buyers into gm dealers.
     
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  5. The "Bangle Butt" doesn't look good on ANY car. Never has, and never will.
     
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  6. Looks fantastic to me. If it does indeed returns numbers of up 45 mpg as reported, this thing is going to be a hot seller. I can't wait for it. Hop over the pond already and get in the states!
     
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  7. VERY NICE - EXCEPT FOR THE YELLOW BOWTIE.
     
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  8. The Cruze is not what I would consider a beautiful car like the the larger Malibu or the same size Honda Civic or Mazda 3. I agree with Tom L that the headlights need to lose the horns. I also do not like the front end arch line minmicking the front wheel cutout and the creaseline going upwards from the front door to the rear fender. Also, why do they need the add the little, ugly, cheap looking black triangle piece behind the rear door. The Cruze looks like the Chrysler Sebring sedan. The designer appears to be working too hard, with the end result of a over-styled car. There is a thing called elegant simplicity.
     
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  9. Looks good. Nice job Chevy. Ford/Chrysler,pay attention.
     
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  10. I think they did a decent job. The back, to me, is quite attractive. The front sort of average...
    If it's roomy inside and gets 40+ highway, I think it could be a winner.
     
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  11. Ugh, agreed that this car is not very attractive, especially with that horrible front end that looks angry and about to eat you...the rest of the vehicle is a combination old school ION, South Korean Daewoo/Hyundai with a bit of a modern flair. I bet you a couple years after that they will tone down the front end. I will opt for the new Kia Forte instead!
     
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  12. I don't think Ford and Chrysler have anything to worry about.
    Well, not Ford anyway.
     
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  13. As usual, the US market has to wait for good product. The styling is a bit conservative for Europe, even old, but just right for the US market at this very moment. Two years from now, it'll look outdated. This is just another reason why this company is going down. You keep feeding your main market the leftovers, sooner or later you pay for it.
     
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  14. The Bangle Butt is the most copied car butt in all of car-dom. BWM had it first and I'm proud to say that I drive a Bangle Butt 5-series. After BMW introduced it, all the Japanese and Korean automakers followed with their copy cat versions...have you seen the new Honda Accord, any Lexus and Infinti...Bangle, Bangle, Bangle. I also like the horns on the lights...go Chevy.
     
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  15. It looks like a Saab 9-3 or the Vauxhall Vectra.
     
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  16. I think it's a great looking car. Give me a four door with a hatch and I'd use it gladly.
     
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  17. Will there be an SS?
     
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  18. It looks like a Sonata that rear-ended a Focus that rear-ended an Equinox.
     
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  19. I just bought an 09 cobalt as a replacement for my 05 optra, when it was new the "critics" slammed it my optra for being not cutting edge enough, this looks pretty cutting edge to me.GM has been making great improvments but still gets slammed if they dont hit a homerun even if they do make something decent. it will be interesting to see it in person. pics never do justice!
     
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  20. "bailout"

    I'm not happy about the bailout but I feel that if the chevy cruze was for sale in america right now people would be buying it. If they could get a car loan. Bring this car to the us now.
     
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