MZANSI-BOUND 2016 CHEVROLET CRUZE: MORE INFO

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is definitely coming to Mzansi. This is according to General Motors South Africa who could not confirm an exact date of arrival yet. However, we know it will be sometime in 2016. It comes hot on the heels of the updated Cruze that was recently launched locally. Chevrolet is determined to challenge the segment class-leaders and ultimately win, using the latest in communication technologies, safety and engines.

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Let’s start with the launch engine. The new 1.4-litre petrol turbo is said to be the standard launch engine that Cruze will arrive in most of its 40 global markets with. Maximum power attributed to it measures 113kW while peak torque is 240Nm. Chevy reckons it will be able to run from 0 – 100km/h in 8 seconds and return 5.9 litres per 100km under freeway cruising, so to speak. Mind you, it’s not the combined average, but only freeway which only takes into account a constant flat engine speed. At some later stages we can expect the new 1.0-litre Ecotec as well as a turbo diesel to join the range.

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Paired to the 1.4 is either a 6-speed manual or automatic gearbox with Stop/ start technologies that help reduce fuel consumption. To help this cause further, the car’s body weight has been reduced by up to 113kg. This is one of GM’s safest cars, with 10 airbags and pre-collision features like Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert.

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In terms of looks, the new Cruze is clearly more related to its Opel Astra and Insignia cousins that the current Cruze, even though GM would probably not admit as much. The front end is quite slippery, with a new front grille and smaller Chevrolet golden bow tie, large headlights with LED technology, indicators on the side mirrors, a new rear lights cluster among others. Depending on the territory you are in, you will be able to choose from L, LS, LT and Premier trims. There will even be an RS trim (pictured here) in some countries.

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Engineers were able to elongate the car to add 9.17cm more legroom, 5.1cm more knee room and an overall 2.7m longer wheelbase. The new car is 6.8cm longer but 2.5cm shorter in height than the current one. Wheels are scheduled to measure between 15 and 18-inches, although each country will decide on this when it launches.

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With connectivity being the modern buzzword, the all-new Cruze couldn’t be left behind. To that end some class-leading gadgets will form part of the package, again which ones will depend on each country’s product planners. But a sample of some of these reveals stuff like 4G LTE with in-car WiFi hotspot, a 17.8-inch-diagonal screen accessing Chevrolet MyLink with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, a wireless cell phone charger, and heated rear leather seats.

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