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2016 Chevrolet Cruze Spied Again

Compact sedan spotted during photo shoot.

Our spy photographers got their best look yet at the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze as the compact sedan prepared for a photo shoot in California. Compared to the last 2016 Chevrolet Cruze prototype we spied, this model has a few visual tweaks as it gets closer to production.

The biggest change concerns the nose, where the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has a much lower hood with a narrow upper grille and smaller headlights with U-shaped LED running lights. Below, a polygonal lower grille opening fits between triangular black mesh elements that contain the car's foglights. The face is reminiscent of the look of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan that bowed at the New York auto show in April. Out back, the trunk of this 2016 Chevrolet Cruze sports a subtle spoiler, while the rear fascia picks up the triangular inset shapes of the nose's foglight housings. In profile, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze has a smoother, slightly more coupe-like shape than today's version.

As for the interior of the car, a look at the Chinese-market Cruze likely provides strong hints as to the look of the American car. Though Chevrolet has said the U.S. and Chinese models are distinct, we can expect the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze sold here to have a "split" dashboard design with a large touchscreen and various climate-control buttons at its center, a dual-binnacle instrument cluster with an LCD screen at its center, and higher-quality materials than today's Cruze.

Beneath the sheetmetal, it's possible the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will use the 160-hp, turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four engine from the new Malibu, which pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. The current car's 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine is also likely to continue. Down the road, a five-door hatchback version of the Cruze is a possibility; General Motors executive vice president of global product development Mark Reuss has admitted that not bringing the European Cruze hatchback to the U.S. market was a "pre-bankruptcy planning mistake. "

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze could debut as soon as this fall at the 2015 Los Angeles auto show, or it may be shown in January 2016 at the Detroit show. The current Cruze was revamped for the 2015 model year. For now, check out these revealing spy photos of the new car.