Wraps off the American market version of the Chevy Cruze
2 December 2009

The US-market version of the Chevrolet Cruze has been unveiled.

The car has been eagerly anticipated in North America, both because it uses the same underpinnings as the electric Volt, which will be launched in 2011, and because it promises a leap forward from the Cobalt car it replaces.


It's a crucial model for Chevrolet, too, because it must compete in the marketplace with key rivals including the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra and soon-to-be-released Ford Focus.

The Cruze will be available with two engines in the US: a 138bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre unit with 148lb ft of torque, or a naturally aspirated 136bhp 1.8 with 128lb ft of torque. These can be linked to a six-speed automatic or manual gearbox.

Chevrolet says the smaller engine will average 48mpg on the motorway, but has not released any other economy figures.

Stylistically it is little changed from the European version.

Standard equipment includes 10 airbags, stability control, Bluetooth/USB connectivity and sat-nav. It will be sold at three trim levels, although no pricing has been released.

The Cruze goes on sale in the US next autumn.

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2 December 2009

It is available with 2 engines with identical power, and very slighty different torque and fuel economy figures. I presume the super conservative US buyers would not want a new fangled turbomocharged motor hence the larger but worse engine? Strange.

2 December 2009

Cheltenhamshire -

Both GM and Ford use forced induction in the States. Ford is utilizing twin-turbocharged direct-injection V6 engines (called Ecoboost) in their Ford and Lincoln lineups. A number of engines also utilize supercharging (Corvette ZR1).

I don't think US consumers are as conservative as you think, and have no problem with your "new fangled turbomocharged motors".

2 December 2009

[quote Cheltenhamshire] I presume the super conservative US buyers would not want a new fangled turbomocharged motor hence the larger but worse engine? Strange.[/quote]

If BMW have problems making a turbocharger last the life of a car , what hope is there for GM ? The larger engine may not be worse in real life , only on paper.

2 December 2009

Surely GM were the first company to use turbochargers on car engines , back in the sixties.

2 December 2009

[quote Uncle Mellow]Surely GM were the first company to use turbochargers on car engines , back in the sixties.

A little turbo history for the curious.

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3 December 2009

I think the Chevy Corsair was the first turbo car in the US, or at least made by a US maker ... but it bombed. I do know that there are quite a few turbo motors on US cars past and current ... but to launch two engines with the same power but from two different sources of petrol power (as opposed to a diesel motor and a petrol motor) is very odd even for the US!!

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