Chevrolet Cobalt

General Motors announced today that the Chevrolet Cobalt (shown above) will be replaced by a new Chevrolet compact sedan called the Chevrolet Cruze. The name Cruze has actually been used before. The original Chevrolet Cruze was a badge engineered Suzuki Ignis compact SUV.

The new compact sedan will be based on GM’s Delta II platform and will be available with a range of small economical engines that include the turbocharged 1.4 litre Ecotec engine announced in January this year. The 1.4 litre motor is expected to produce between 120hp to 140hp, equivalent to normally aspirated engine of between 1.6 to 2.0 litres in displacement. Estimated body length is between 4,500 to 4,600mm long, about the size of the Chevrolet Optra sedan.

The new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will go into production in mid-2010, but GM spokeswoman Nancy Libby indicated the production version will be displayed at the 2008 Paris Motor Show in October this year.