Thursday 10 July 2008

Chevrolet Cruze to be unveil in Paris (EU)

Chevrolet Europe will revealed their new C-Segment sedan at October's Paris motorshow. Prototypes of the new sedan have been spied in the U.S, Germany, UK and Northern Scandinavia.

According to Chevrolet, the Cruze will be sold alongside the current Lacetti hatchback and wagon. The newcomer will be available in Europe in early 2009 with global sales following after. A North American version of the Cruze is slated to go into production in mid-2010 at GM's Lordstown plant in Ohio and will replace the Cobalt.

At 4.6 metres or 181 inches, the Cruze will be larger than most small-family sedans like the VW Jetta and Ford Focus sedan. It will be the first product to use the revamped Delta 2 global compact platform that also will underpin replacements for the Vauxhall/Opel Zafira, Chevrolet HHR and related siblings. If you want more variants of the Cruze, you're out of luck, since the Cruze will only be offered as a 4 door sedan with a seating capacity of 5 people.

European customers will be offered the choice of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines developing around 120bhp -140bhp. For the U.S market, GM intends to fit a turbocharged 1.4-litre direct-injection petrol engine that will deliver up to 40 mpg in motorway driving.

GM previously used the Cruze nameplate on a re-badged version of the Suzuki Ignis that was sold in Japan as the Chevrolet Cruze and in Australia as the Holden Cruze.

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