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.