The Chevrolet Cruze has been making headlines lately; following last week’s debut of the 2014 Cruze 2.0TD at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, photos have surfaced of the next-gen Cruze sedan out cold-weather testing.
Although Chevy’s best-selling compact wears distracting camouflage from head to toe, subtle changes are noticeable. The prototype’s hood appears to stretch out farther into a more rounded front end. Headlights look similar to those on the Sonic, while the front grille appears to have a new design. The contours surrounding the rear license plate area look different than we’ve seen on the current Cruze, and although this Cruze prototype’s profile is sleeker than the current car’s, it still keeps the Audi-like greenhouse – look closely and you may be able to see that the door handles sit higher up on the doors.
Beyond exterior styling, Chevrolet has said the next-generation Cruze will have better fuel economy and an improved cabin with more storage space. The next-gen Cruze may also ride on a new platform also underpinning the next-gen Equinox and Volt.
Before we get our hands on the next-gen Cruze though, the diesel version will arrive in dealerships this May with a $25,695 sticker price (including destination) and an estimated 42 mpg on the highway, joining Cruzes powered by the naturally aspirated 1.8-liter I-4 as well as Cruzes using the turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4.
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