2016 Chevrolet Cruze Spied Without Camouflage

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan has shed its camouflage. Our spy shooters caught this next-generation Cruze running around without any disguising tape, giving us a clear look at the new forthcoming compact sedan.

Chevrolet introduced a new Cruze with similar styling to this car at the 2014 Beijing auto show, but at the time officials insisted the car was bound only for the Chinese market. Based on this prototype’s presence in the States, though, as well as the fact it wears a different nose that resembles that of the refreshed 2015 Chevrolet Cruze, it appears that China's Cruze was simply a sneak-peek of the U.S. model.

Based on earlier photos of heavily disguised models, we discerned that the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze would have the lower, more tapered nose, and more coupe-like roofline seen on this car. Dropping the camouflage, however, also allows us to see the subtle character creases that break up the car's sides. One extends from the top of the headlights and fades out into the rear door handle, while a smaller radius runs parallel to the rear wheel.

The nose of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze wears a split grille opening that mirrors the look of most modern Chevrolets (and the refreshed current-generation Cruze shown at the New York auto show), along with creases on the hood. The trunklid's rear edge is shaped to act as a subtle spoiler, and an angular chrome trim strip runs between the taillights. In profile, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has a similar silhouette and proportions to both the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra.

It's unclear what engines will power the next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. Given that the black car spied here sports a red "Turbo" badge, it's possible the compact sedan could simply use updated version of the current Cruze's turbocharged four-cylinder. Today's Chevrolet Cruze offers a 138-hp, 1.8-liter inline-four; a 138-hp, 1.4-liter turbo-four; and a 151-hp, 2.0-liter turbodiesel.

Expect more details on the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze to trickle out over the coming year.

S T
The front grill is BUTT UGLY
the_roadrunner
rear 3/4 profile looks like a mini Impala...nice.  Now find a way to make the front look like a miniature Impala also, the Sonic front end doesnt cut it.
Pa1neRacer
I like and I don't like the styling.
I like the toned down use of chrome and the tail lights.  The rear end treatment is OK, nothing ground breaking, but nothing nauseating. 
I don't like the side profile from the 2/3 angle-- it strikes me as resembling an over-inflated balloon, and I don't like the grille/front overhang -- the headlights make it look like it sticks out about 10 yeards in front of the axle.
I only hope it continues the significant mechanical/chassis improvements that made it the best in its class five years earlier.
displayname#1
"Hey, let's make the new Cruze look like a Honda Civic, only uglier!" Mission accomplished.
leo1
they messed up big timeno one asked for a civic like design, the current Cruze prices are about to go upwhat a f'..up they made with this design
Trick Fall
Looks cheap and low budget.
Tony Ruben
I like it. I always hated the lines at the rear of the doors. that stupid piece of black plastic that screamed out "We didn't know what to do here so let's just leave it like this". It is probably the single biggest styling decision that would have kept me from buying the car. The Euro hatchback was gorgeous however. I would consider buying this one now.
freetome
To my eye, the side and 3/4 views look like a plumped Honda Insight with the pedestrian Chevy front fascia - and that can't be a compliment.
tt618
I'm not a fan of the Sonic-like front end.  It kind of reminds me of a large-mouthed bass.  That's funny, because I liked the Sonic when it debuted, but it got old after about 6 months, and now looks dated.  I think they should have borrowed from the Malibu and gone a bit more conservative on the front end. 
DaveInRioRancho
I have got to admit that I am not a big fan of wind flow lines over the rear wheel arch whether it is on a Subaru or a Chevy. That said, I think the recycled chrome bicycle handle bar between the tail lights is more jarring:) The rest of the car seems okay. I hope they can bring more than 138hp to the table in the turbo engine. Heck, the current Cruze sold in Australia has an turbo petrol engine option with 30% more power for sale right now.
uunityy
Ugh. I was a fan of the original Cruze design when it first came out. Among other entry levels, it had the look of a dignified small sedan, not an economy car. This new design is a step backward. It's like they mated a Saturn Ion and a Dodge Dart. And this latest attempt to integrate that curved heritage character line over the rear wheel is just as much a failure as every one before it. 

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