The Chevrolet Cruze is all set a get a comprehensive facelift in China and the new model was spotted semi-camouflaged ahead of its public debut. The American auto giant is most likely to launch the saloon at the Beijing Motor Show next month. The Cruze gets a couple of changes to the exterior design, keeping the saloon fresh for the Chinese markets; while the interiors and the powertrain remain untouched on the saloon.
The major changes on the Chevrolet Cruze include completely redesigned headlight units which now sport a swept back design, while the hood has also received subtle changes with more sculpted lines to accommodate the new headlight design. The air intake is wider compared to the current model and the bumper has been reworked upon as well. The fog light housing was replaced by chrome accents on the new model spotted.
The rear on the other hand gets more noticeable changes compared to the front. The Cruze sports a tail light cluster which is now a bit boring compared to the older flamboyant design. The chrome lip in the centre of the boot-lid has been given a miss, while the registration plate housing has been moved down to the rear bumper. The interior design has not been fiddled around with and is carried over from the current model, while the current 1.6-litre petrol, 1.8-litre diesel engines will continue to power the saloon in China.
This will be the last update on the current generation Chevrolet Cruze for the Chinese market. Chevrolet recently announced that the China-spec next generation 2015 Cruze will be launched later this year with the new 1.4-litre and 1.5-litre Ecotec engines producing 148 HP and 113 HP respectively. The 1.4-litre mill will be mated to an all-new dual clutch transmission. We reckon Chevrolet will sell the old and the new models simultaneously in China, with the current offering priced significantly lower than the second generation version.
Source – Auto.163