General Motors South Africa has confirmed that it will introduce the Chevrolet Cruze in South Africa in the coming months. The introduction of this latest global model from Chevrolet will open up a new segment in the local passenger car market for GMSA where the Cruze will offer exceptional value for money in the compact or ‘C’ car segment and mount a head-on challenge to established players.

First shown to the public at the Paris Motor Show in 2008 and shortly thereafter to the South African public at the Johannesburg International Motor Show in October last year, the Cruze builds on the new direction for the Chevrolet brand first evidenced in the Captiva and more recently in the new Aveo Sedan and Hatch.

The Cruze makes a new design statement for Chevrolet and is the launch pad for the brand’s new global design language. This new compact sedan features clean and dynamic lines and has been designed on a global scale with collaboration between Chevrolet design teams from Asia, Europe and North America.

The result is a vehicle that has global appeal and demonstrates how Chevrolet is revising the rulebook in terms of raising the bar with regard to customer’s value-for-money expectations.

The Cruze, distinguished by its four-door, coupé-like styling, will attract buyers from a wider audience than just the traditional 4-door sedan buyer. It will prove particularly attractive to those who are looking for a family vehicle, a traditional core value of the Chevrolet brand.

The attractive styling is complimented by the promise of a taut and responsive driving characteristic with the Cruze dynamic package focused on providing ride, handling and comfort in keeping with the expectations of a critical European audience, expectations that are matched by South African motorists.

The rigid chassis and solid construction of the Cruze are fundamental to a fine dynamic experience whilst a comprehensive list of safety features, both active and passive, ensure optimum driving safety and passenger protection in the event of a crash. The Cruze has so far received the maximum five-star safety rating from the US and Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). GM is confident that the Cruze will receive the same results in the Euro NCAP assessment.

While GMSA is still to finalise the product range and specification, it is likely that the Cruze will be offered in South Africa with a choice of either 1,6 or 1,8 litre petrol engines with a 2,0 litre diesel engine a further option. The petrol engines are both latest generation engines with variable valve-timing on both inlet and exhaust sides of the engine. The 1,6 litre engine produces 83 kW @ 6400 r/min with torque of 153 Nm @ 4200 r/min while the 1,8 litre unit produces 104 kW @ 6200 r/min with torque of 176 Nm @ 6200 r/min.

The 2,0 litre turbo diesel 16-valve engine offers 110 kW with miserly fuel consumption of just 5,6 l/100km in the combined cycle of measurement. Torque is 320 Nm from just 2000 r/min.