The third car to be unveiled at Paris using GM’s new Delta platform (take a look at the Volt and the Orlando), the Chevrolet Cruze is a neat four-door saloon.
Although it’s not a European production – the car was designed at the GM’s Korean HQ – the Cruze’s clean, chunky exterior banishes any thoughts of the previous generation of Daewoo-derived Chevrolets. The Cruze indirectly replaces the Lacetti.
When it’s launched in Europe next March, it will be offered with a 1.6 and 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engines and a 2.0-litre diesel. A six-speed manual gearbox will be available as an option.
Later next year the Cruze will also be available with a version of the 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that drives the Volt’s electric motor, but it will be turbocharged and offer considerably more than the Volt’s 53bhp.
It will be a global model, to be built and sold in North America as well as Korea and Europe. There’s no guarantee the Cruze will come to the UK, however. Initially it will only be built as a saloon, and small four-doors are not popular in Britain. But Chevrolet is planning a hatchback model too.