2016 Chevrolet Cruze Redesign, Spy Shots and Release Date

Spy photographers spotted a less camouflaged prototype which is believed as the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze concept. The 2015 model year was introduced at the 2014 New York Auto Show. Meanwhile, the American automaker also released Cruze concept at the Beijing Auto Show. As you can see, GM also released a teaser picture showing the interior of the Cruze concept. Moreover, the test mule gets some modifications on its grille.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze White Prototype

Exterior

Where the refreshed U.S.-market 2015 Cruze sports a rounded dual-section grille similar to the current Malibu, the prototypes sport a more angular grille that is different still from the car shown in Beijing. Although the prototypes share the Beijing Cruze concept’s headlights, they feature a wider body-colored band between the taller upper grille section and lower grille section. The bow-tie is also placed on the body-colored band on the prototypes as opposed to the upper grille on the Beijing concept.

Around back, the prototypes share the same angular trapezoidal taillights as the Beijing concept including the thin chrome piece that frames the bottom of the taillights before connecting the top inside corners across the trunk lid above the license plate.

A longer wheelbase Cruze has been rumored for North America, though these prototypes appear to ride on the same standard length wheelbase as the car shown in Beijing. Despite the recent refresh for the North American-market 2015 Cruze, the second-generation Cruze could arrive in the U.S. as soon as next year, in time for the 2016 model year.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Black Prototype Side View

Interior

Looking significantly more upscale than its predecessor, the redesigned model boasts a familiar dual cockpit layout but comes nicely equipped with high quality materials and better attention to detail. The model pictured is obviously a high-end variant but we can see saddle brown leather upholstery, chrome accents and piano black trim. There’s also a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, ice blue ambient lighting and a MyLink II infotainment system with an eight-inch display. Last but not least, there’s a “butterfly-shaped center console” that promises to provide “intuitive, user-friendly operation with clear functions at a glance.”

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Interior Design Teaser

Powertrain

It is interesting to know that this car will get redesigned power plant. The current base engine is 1.8 liter and it is replaced by four-cylinder Ecotect engine 1.5 liter. It is said that the company has invested a lot of engine productions for this car in order to get the right debut. The new engines are not the only because the transmission is also new. There will be no 6-speed gear in 2016 Chevy Cruze but it has 8-speed auto transmission with the old second engine 2.0 liter diesel to generate for about 151 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of estimated torque.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Whiter Rear View on The Street

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Release Date and Price

Some sources suggest that the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be released in the second half of 2015 as 2016 model year, sales should begin soon after. Current model’s price tag is estimated at $17,520, so expect a slight price increase in the 2016 model year. More information should be available as the release date closing in, so stay tuned!

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