2011 Chevrolet Cruze Priced from $16,995; Topline LTZ Starts at $22,695

General Motors has priced the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, which is just three months away from joining the compact-car scene.

The Cruze, which is one of the larger offerings in the compact segment, will be available in four trims. The most basic LS model gets the ball rolling with the normally aspirated 1.8-liter inline-four (estimated ratings are 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque) and six-speed manual transmission. Starting from $16,995, standard equipment for the base Cruze includes a comprehensive safety package, power interior amenities, and a complimentary, six-month subscription to OnStar.

Step above the LS and the turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four with an estimated 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque becomes standard. The mid-level LT and Eco trims are both priced from $18,895, with the distinction lying in the transmissions. The Cruze LT uses a six-speed automatic while the Eco receives the six-speed stick with unique gear ratios to help push highway fuel economy to a reputed 40 mpg. The Cruze Eco also comes with 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in low-rolling-resistance rubber and a special aero kit.

Last but not least, the top-end Cruze LTZ adds even more standard fare. Leather seating surfaces, cruise control, USB port, climate control, and rear-parking assist are all incorporated into the starting price tag of $22,695. A six-speed automatic is the transmission of choice.

Additional options include an in-dash navigation system, heated leather seats, and a RS appearance package with sportier exterior bits and foglights.

The Chevy Cruze lineup arrives at dealers in September to replace the Cobalt. In comparison, the 2010 Cobalt starts from $15,710 for either the coupe or sedan.

All aforementioned pricing includes a non-specified destination fee.

Source: General Motors

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