We once again got a look at a prototype for the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze, and this time our spy photographers managed to look inside the upcoming compact sedan. Their lenses revealed that the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will adopt more chrome trim and considerably more optional equipment than the current car.
While the basic design of the interior looks the same as the current sedan, this 2015 Chevrolet Cruze sports chrome trim and a restyled dashboard. The dash now has more expressive curves and contours at either end, and the center stack adopts a slightly concave lower section for several buttons and audio input ports. The steering-wheel controls are different, we spy a new automatic climate control configuration on the center stack, and the instrument cluster graphics have been simplified. The touchscreen infotainment system spotted here appears to be running simple software for testing use, but expect the production car to use the same flashy MyLink interface already offered on the Cruze LTZ. Also present are buttons for gadgets like lane-departure warning and parking sensors. Additionally, push-button start and engine stop-start functions are fitted to this tester.
As with the last 2015 Chevrolet Cruze we spied, this test car clearly has stolen styling cues from the smaller Chevrolet Sonic. Witness the narrower nose, skinny headlights, and taller mesh front grille bisected by a bar bearing the Chevrolet bowtie. A more rounded roofline, almost aping the silhouette of a coupe, will likely help improve aerodynamic performance.
The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will use an updated version of the General Motors Delta platform that’s also employed for cars like the Volt and Equinox. Powertrain changes will probably be minimal, as the Cruze will likely continue to offer turbocharged gas and diesel four-cylinder engines, although reports suggest the new Cruze could ditch its six-speed automatic for a new nine-speed transmission co-developed by GM and Ford.
All indications suggest the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will go on sale in overseas markets — primarily Asia and Australia — next year. A recent report, however, says the car’s U.S. introduction may be pushed back to late 2015. The car will continue to be built at GM’s plant in Lordstown, Ohio.