General Motors China this week revealed photos of the interior of the updated Chevrolet Cruze, which debuted for the Chinese market at the 2014 Beijing auto show. Although we’re inclined to believe there will be many similarities to the next-gen American Cruze, the car seen here is said to be unique to the Chinese market.
The Chinese Chevrolet Cruze offers a split dashboard design, shown here with two curved tan sections bifurcated by the black center stack. A new version of the MyLink touchscreen dominates the center stack, with a smattering of buttons arranged below and bookended by circular climate-control knobs. Far below that, the front of the center console sports a row of buttons ahead of the automatic transmission shifter. The instrument cluster in this updated Chevrolet Cruze doesn’t drastically change from the current car’s two-binnacle arrangement that has a digital display in the center.
Even though the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze received a mild refresh at the New York auto show, we expect an all-new version of the compact sedan to come to the States by next year. Earlier spy shots showed a 2016 Chevrolet Cruze testing in the U.S. that looked very similar to the Chinese-market car, leading us to believe the American model would be very similar to that seen in China. Moreover, last fall we got a look inside a prototype Chevrolet Cruze and found an interior that looked identical to the one seen here in these Chinese photos. All those clues led us to believe the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze sold here would match the car launching in China.
Despite the apparent similarities, a spokesman told us today that the Chinese-market Chevrolet Cruze is “not at all” like the next-generation model for the U.S. He declined to comment further, but reiterated that the cars are not the same. It’s possible the cars we spotted on American soil were Chinese models brought here purely for testing.
Whether or not it resembles the Chinese model, a new version of the Chevrolet Cruze is expected to debut in the U.S. next year. It will likely use updated versions of the current model’s engines, which comprise a 138-hp, 1.8-liter inline-four; a 138-hp, 1.4-liter turbo-four; and a 151-hp, 2.0-liter turbodiesel. Red “Turbo” badges visible in spy shots hint at least one turbocharged version will continue to be offered.