Chevrolet's Cruze is almost here, and I got a first look at it last week. I wasn't able to drive it, but I was able to get a peek at it.
The Cruze is the replacement for the outgoing Cobalt compact car, and it has already been on sale in Europe for quite some time.
The American version will be offered in three trims: LS, LT, and LTZ. An fuel-efficient "Eco" model will also be available.
There will be two engine choices, an Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and an Ecotec 1.8-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder. Both engines make 138 horsepower, but the turbo will have 148 lb-ft of torque compared to the 125 lb-ft torque of the 1.8 liter.
Transmission choices come down to a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.
A MacPherson strut front suspension and Z-link rear suspension will be under the Cruze's skin, and 16-, 17-, and 18-inch wheels will be available.
Safety features will include an antiskid system, ABS, and traction control.
Other news of note? The Cruze will have ten standard airbags, an available wireless cell phone link, an available USB port, and an available navigation system. Satellite radio and GM's OnStar service will also be available. In order to save fuel, the Cruze will have an electric power-steering rack.
Those are the basic details. Without being able to drive the car, there's not a ton to report, other than that the Cruze looks good in person--a bit plain, but handsome--and the interior is much better than that of the Cobalt. Also, the trunk appears to be quite large for a compact car.
Sometime this summer, I'll have the chance to get behind the wheel. At that time, I'll be sure to bring you a full drive report.