First Look: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

While the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze went on sale in Europe some time ago, GM didn’t release much information on the U.S-spec car until this year’s Los Angeles auto show.

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze replaces the Chevrolet Cobalt and dramatically improves Chevy’s small car offerings. The exterior of the car is characterized by the two-tier Chevrolet family grille with a highly styled arching roofline, giving the car a coupe-like profile with a usable sedan body.

Inside the car, Chevrolet designed a Corvette-inspired twin-cockpit creating a separate space for the driver and passenger. GM also upgraded the materials used in the interior over the outgoing Cobalt. High-quality, soft touch materials are seen around the cabin. The instrument panel uses LED backlighting to eliminate dark spots for better readability. The instrument panel blends into the center stack, which houses a standard driver infotainment center, climate control, and audio buttons.

A standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder produces 136 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque, and the optional 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. Unlike many turbocharged engines, this new GM mill runs on standard fuel. Buyers can choose an automatic or manual transmission, and receive six ratios with either box. GM estimates the car will get 40 mpg highway with the 1.4-liter engine, but does not specify with which transmission.

GM has not released pricing for the Cruze yet, but it should be close to the Cobalt’s price. The Cruze will hit dealerships in the third quarter of next year.

If the General and Chevrolet have worked out all the bugs... This should be the Best General Motors small care Ever... When I see the Cruze, I go back to the fall of 1978 when the Chevrolet Citation was introduced... The X Cars followed by the J's and the Saturn SL's were all basically descent and yet all fell short of their Promise... Cruze needs to be virtually perfect and One laments that Pontiac and Saturn won't be able to put better, sportier or more luxurious touches on the Cruze... A Saturn or Pontiac "Cruze" could have a "trick" transmission, intake, well lets say a G5 Cruze or an "Ion" Cruze... with a 7 speed paddle shift... a Pontiac G5 or 6 w/paddle shift and the Dealers would have Waiting lists to Rival the 2002 Mini or Chrysler PT Cruizer...No Joke....
This car is an example of what we know GM can do. Lets avoid the comments like - i hope its not too late. All the greats go thru a dry spell. Chevy is and always will be one of the great american brands.

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