A couple weeks ago, Chicago media had the chance to take a sneak peak at the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze when Margaret Brooks, Chevrolet Marketing Director, made a stop at the Chicago Automobile Trade Association.
While this was a look-but-don't-drive visit, we did glean a couple of key pieces of information about this new compact car that's replacing the out-going Cobalt:
- Base price for the new Cruze will be $16,995.
- Complete Cruze pricing includes: LS @ $16,995, LT @ $18,895, Eco @ $18,895, LTZ @ $22,695.
- The Eco model with the Ecotec 1.4-liter turbo engine will get up to 40 mpg on the highway--a first for a non-hybrid.
- All levels of the Cruze will come standard with segment leading safety including OnStar and 10 airbags.
In terms of first impressions, I can tell you fit and finish looks excellent, the compact shape is stylish and seat comfort is phenomenal. I love the looks of this new compact entry, and can't wait to get my hands on it for a test. I think it will be a perfect city car.
Tim Healey, fellow ChicagoNow blogger goes into more detail on his blog, You Are What You Drive. So, I'll just leave you with some photos of both a Cruze LTZ model (dark blue with automatic transmission and leather interior) and the Eco model (light blue with manual transmission and cloth interior).