Spy-Shots of Cars

Not long now before the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze gets its official debut! Spotted earlier, cloaked in camouflaged, the next-generation C-segment sedan has now been captured without an inch of the black stuff taped to its rather dynamic-looking body. Firstly, do not get this variant confused with the one on sale in the Chinese market – a completely different model exists purely for China (just like the Malibu).

So on to the US-spec model here, which was caught running about during a commercial shoot, apparently. In terms of aesthetics, the front end now mirrors the treatment seen on the ninth-generation Chevrolet Malibu with the dual-port grille treatment allied to sweptback headlights – LED daytime running lights are embedded into the assembly. Below, the fog lamps frame a relatively large air intake.

In profile, aggro-looking side skirts are presented alongside twin five-spoke alloy wheels while the rear end features a subtle boot lip spoiler and quite a fussy rear bumper outlook, which features a diffuser-like element. Other changes include a high-mounted third brake lamp and smaller Malibu-esque taillights.

Spy-Shots of Cars

The D2XX platform-based 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is expected to come powered by a range of engines from GM’s new Ecotec family. As such, a turbocharged 1.5 litre petrol engine producing roughly 160 hp and 250 Nm of torque will sit alongside a 2.0 litre turbodiesel mill with 151 hp and 357 Nm of torque. A seven-speed dual-cluther, six-speed torque converter auto and a good ol’ six-speed manual are touted.

Additionally, the Cruze could feature active grille shutters – again like the Malibu – as part of its arsenal of economy-improving features. With the car already being shot for promotional purposes, expect the car to receive its debut no later than the end of this year.

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