Cruze gets even bet­ter

Chevrolet adds 1.4 turbo model with a six-speed auto trans­mis­sion

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CHEVROLET has en­hanced the Chevrolet Cruze hatch­back and sedan range for 2015, adding a 1.4 turbo model with a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion for the first time in South Africa. Chevrolet has given the Cruze a new face and rear styling for an el­e­gant and classy look.

Six-Speed auto

First in­tro­duced in 2013, the tur­bocharged 1.4 Ecotec petrol en­gine now benefits from the ad­di­tion of an au­to­matic trans­mis­sion to com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing six-speed man­ual. The tur­bocharged 1.4T LS gen­er­ates 200 Nm of torque for a smoother ride and in­stan­ta­neous power de­liv­ery un­der all road con­di­tions.

Power re­mains at 103 kW be­tween 4 900 and 6 000 rpm.

Com­bined fuel con­sump­tion is 6,8l/100 km, with cor­re­spond­ing CO² emis­sions of 157 g/km. The 1.4 turbo auto has the high­est top speed of all the mod­els in the range, top­ping off at 204 km/h with a 0-100 km/h ac­cel­er­a­tion time of 10,4 sec­onds.

Com­bined fuel con­sump­tion for the man­ual is 5,8 l/100 km, with CO² emis­sions mea­sured at 135 g/km.

This model ac­cel­er­ates from 0-100 km/h in 9,3 sec­onds and has a top speed of 195 km/h.

Per­for­mance fig­ures for this en­gine are 86 kW of power at 6 200 rpm, 155 Nm of torque at 4 000 rpm. Com­bined fuel con­sump­tion is 6,7 l/100 km with 158 g/km CO² emis­sions.

Zero to 100 km/h is 12,8 sec­onds and a top speed of 185 km/h for the 1.6 hatch and 190 km/h for the 1.6 sedan.

Safety fea­tures

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze con­tin­ues with the orig­i­nal safety ar­chi­tec­ture that has earned top five-star safety rat­ings from both Euro NCAP and the U.S. Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NHTSA)

Key to the safety per­for­mance of the Cruze is a body struc­ture that is among the stiffest in its class.

This taut and strong struc­ture is fun­da­men­tal to the sup­pres­sion of NVH (Noise Vi­bra­tion and Harsh­ness) as well as pro­vid­ing a high level of oc­cu­pant safety in the event of a col­li­sion. It also plays a piv­otal role in op­ti­mis­ing ride, han­dling and sta­bil­ity.

The core struc­ture of the Cruze is de­signed around a set of ef­fi­cient load paths that as­sist in ab­sorb­ing im­pact en­ergy and di­rect­ing it away from the ve­hi­cle oc­cu­pants in the event of a col­li­sion from vir­tu­ally any di­rec­tion.

Ex­te­rior and in­te­rior high­lights

The 2015 Cruze has ex­te­rior styling cues in­spired by the Malibu, while up­dates in­clude re­vised treat­ments such as the front fas­cia and grille with new pro­jec­tor-type fog lamps and LED day­time run­ning lamps.

To com­ple­ment the fresh new rear and fas­cia, a new 16” and 17” al­loy wheel de­sign is now avail­able while the 17” is op­tional on all LS mod­els.

The LS mod­els of the 2015 Cruze now also ben­e­fit from in­te­rior en­hance­ments such as the Chevrolet Mylink In­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with Colour Con­nected Ra­dio (CCR) as stan­dard equip­ment.

The Cruze comes with a stan­dard ser­vice plan that of­fers three years or 60 000 km to five years or 90 000 km across the range.

Also stan­dard with the Cruze is a war­ranty and road­side as­sis­tance cov­er­ing five years/120 000 km and anti-cor­ro­sion war­ranty of five years/un­lim­ited kilo­me­tres. — Sup­plied.

Cruze pric­ing:

1.6 LS (five door) R248 300

1.4T LS (five door) R265 200

1.6 R230 400

1.6 LS R247 200

1.4T LS R262 500

1.4T LS A/T R272 400.

Chevrolet has given the Cruze a new face and rear styling with ex­te­rior styling cues in­spired by the Malibu.

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