Back in 2009 General Motors
India brought a magnificent car, the Chevrolet Cruze, that mixed luxury,
comfort and technology in the right proportions. Since then it has been a best
seller and that is only because over the years the Cruze was treated to subtle
facelifts as and when needed. I say subtle because it was already such a great
car that not a lot needed to be changed. Recently we got our hands on the 2016
facelift of the Chevrolet Cruze and it looks pretty!
When you take a look at the
front end of the car, you will notice some subtle changes. It looks more
rounded than before. You have the signature chrome finished dual port radiator
grille. Between the grilles is the golden Chevrolet bowtie that is now a tad
bit smaller than it was in the last iteration of the Cruze. The headlamps come
in dual bezel design and just below them are projector fog lamps that now come
with LED daytime running lights (DRLs). Apart from that there is not much to
note at the front. You get chrome strips on the door handles and the ORVMs are
embedded with turn indicators. The rear remains more or less the same and we
have no problem with that since it looks great with the twin-port tail lamps
and its chiseled looks. The 15 inch alloys also have also seen some changes in
VCDi 16V DOHC
164 bhp @
360 NM @
Front: McPherson Strut with Linear Cylindrical Coil Spring and
Tubular Stabilizer Bar System
Compound Crank Type with Non-Linear, Mini-Block Coil Spring
Length x Width x Height
1,788 x 1,477mm
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
Rs 17.81 lakh
Get inside the car and you
will instantly appreciate the beauty of the Corvette inspired dual cockpit
design. The premium jet black interiors give you a feeling of luxury and class,
just like when you wear an expensive black ‘Suit & Tie’. The car comes with
a start/stop button and you get steering mounted controls for the infotainment
system. Speaking of the infotainment system, you now get an all-new 7-inch
touchscreen infotainment system with support for CD, Aux. USB and Radio
supported by a premium sound system. You can also connect your mobile to the
infotainment system using Bluetooth. So basically you get a nice little place
of your own that is comfortable and filled with quality music. To add the icing
to the cake, you get a sweet sunroof!
The seats are comfortable and the side bolsters
keep you padded and in place. The front row passengers won’t have to fight for
leg room and head room, there is enough of that. The driver seat is a 6 way
power adjustable so finding a sweet spot is easy. Although sadly the same
cannot be said for the rear. The low floor combined with an inclined roof can
make it slightly less comfortable for anyone above 5’ 10”. The presence of a
tunnel in the middle means inconvenience for a third passenger seated at the
back. The boot space is enough to carry enough stuff for your weekend picnic.
There is also a compartment beneath the boot area that holds a spare wheel. The
Cruze also has many pockets and cubby holes to hold any small belongings of
yours. In terms of safety there are 4 airbags in total, 2 at the front and 2 on
the side. Other features include a rain sensing wipers and a passive entry/
passive start (PEPS) which enables operation of central locking system,
anti-theft alarm system without use of mechanical key.
The Cruze is still powered by
the same 2.0L VCDi engine. It is actually 1998cc so rejoice as the 2 litre plus
ban does not apply to this beauty. It still roars and runs like a beast. The
variable geometry turbo charged engine with common rail direct injection produces
164bhp @ 3800rpm and a lovely torque of 360Nm @ 2000rpm. In simple terms,
prepare to be thrown back into your seat if you floor the throttle. The engine
is mated to a Gen2, 6-speed automatic transmission that makes the ride a
breeze. The only hassle here is that when you floor the throttle, it takes
about 3 seconds for the expected response to kick in. But fear not, for you can
shift the car into manual mode by simple putting the gear to the left. This
makes the throttle response more accurate.
The suspension is on the
softer side so expect a comfy ride over broken roads. But you have to be a
little careful not to damage the underbody. I felt confident while braking due
to the presence of Disc brakes in all four wheels and ABS. Cruise Control and
automatic headlamps add to your driving comfort. Reaching high speeds is not a
problem with this car and the stability is commendable. Taking sharp right
turns can be a bit frustrating as the A pillar is thick enough to give you a
blind spot and you have to be careful.
While this new facelift of
Cruze might not look as Camaro-ish as the North American release, it still
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