Chevrolet Cruze

The world got a preview of the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan during GM’s press conference earlier this week as both front and rear three quarter views of the new Cruze done up in a flashy red paint were flashed on the presentation screen.

The new Chevrolet Cruze is a C-segment sedan and it will be a world car, replacing both current C-segment cars that are in GM’s line-up – the low-cost “emerging market” Daewoo-based Chevrolet Optra and the more expensively-built Chevrolet Cobalt for the American market. This means we can expect this to eventually replace the Optra Magnum facelift that was unveiled here earlier this year.

GM will fit a series of turbocharged 1.4 litre engines into the Cobalt, which GM says will allow it to hit a fuel economy target of 45mpg, or 5.2 litres per 100km, which truth be told is rather ambitious, small engine or not. The 1.4 litre Ecotec turbo will come in various stages of tune from 120 PS (equivalent to a 1.6 litre normally aspirated engine) to 150 PS (equivalent to a 2.0 litre normally aspirated engine), with plenty of torque.