General Motors South Africa has announced a four model range for the new Chevrolet Cruze with more to come during the second quarter of 2010.

At launch all four Cruze models are powered by either a 1.6 litre or 1.8 litre petrol engine with three specification grades to choose from. From the L model up a high level of specification is featured. During the second quarter of 2010 a diesel powered model will be added to the range.

The 1.6 litre engine is a latest generation unit from GM with a twin-camshaft, 16-valve architecture and variable valve timing on both inlet and exhaust sides. Power is 83 kW @ 6400r/min and maximum torque is 153 Nm @ 4200 r/min. This engine is available in the L and LS specification grades. Power is delivered via a 5-speed manual transmission.

The 1.8 litre engines shares the twin-cam, 16-valve VVT architecture of the 1.6 litre engine. This unit produces 104 kW @ 6200 r/min and with 176 Nm of torque at 3800 r/min. The 1.8 litre engine is offered with the LS and LT specification grades. Power is delivered via a 5-speed manual transmission for the Cruze 1.8 LS and a 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission for the Cruze 1.8 LT.

Major specification items by grade are:

Cruze 1.6 L

  • 60 litre fuel tank
  • 6.5JX16 alloy wheels fitted with 205/60R16-92V tyres
  • 4 channel ABS anti lock brake system
  • Power steering
  • Tilt adjustable steering column
  • Colour coded door handles and bumpers
  • Sports type front seats
  • Height adjustment for the driver’s seat
  • Power windows front and rear
  • Power side mirrors
  • Air conditioner
  • Rear seat armrest with storage facility and two cup holders
  • Two cup holders (large) for front seat occupants
  • Alarm immobiliser system
  • Deadlock system for door locks
  • Remote controlled central door locking with speed sensitive locking
  • Door unlock button in dash
  • Driver, passenger front airbags and side airbags.
  • Radio/CD player with four speakers and MP3 compatibility
  • Auxiliary input for MP3 player or iPod
  • On board computer
  • Graphic info display

Cruze 1.6 LS and 1.8 LS

Specification items added for the LS grade are:

  • Telescopic adjustment for the steering column
  • Front seat side airbags
  • Curtain side airbags
  • Six CD front loader with six speakers
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Front fog lamps
  • Rear centre headrest
  • Triple info graphic display

Cruze 1.8 LT:

This top of the range model features a full house specification with the following items added to the comprehensive specification of the L and LS grades:

  • 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
  • Traction control
  • 7JX17 alloy wheels fitted with 215/50R17-91V tyres
  • Leather covered steering wheel
  • Leather seats
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • Rear park assist
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Auto lights on function
  • Sunroof (Optional extra)

The new Chevrolet Cruze is covered by a five year/120 000 kilometre warranty with a five year unlimited anti-corrosion warranty as well. Service intervals are 15 000 kilometres. A three year/60 000 kilometre Service Plan is included in the purchase price.