Chevrolet Cruze : My Sports Car
Pros : powerful performance, featured with a number of new age technological features
Cons : high maintenance, moderate fuel economy, etc
The Chevrolet Cruze is the first vehicle to use GM's revamped Delta 2 platform, an architecture that is also used on other GM small cars around the globe. The Cruze's bodywork carries a design vocabulary that is incorporated into all vehicles across the globe that carries the Chevy bowtie. Chevrolet Cruze is available in three variants: Chevrolet Cruze LT, Chevrolet Cruze LTZ and Chevrolet Cruze LTZ AT.
Exterior: Chevrolet Cruze is a looker - the huge double front grill dominated by Chevrolet's new logo in the centre is a show stealer. Wider and longer than most of its competitors, Chevrolet Cruze has a purposeful stance with its wheels located at the outer edges of the tautly drawn bodywork. Noticeably tight body panel fits and a restrained use of exterior trim add to a high quality. Distinct Design Features of Chevrolet Cruze include a Concave Shoulder Line, Dual Port Front Grille, Dynamically Shaped Headlamps, Chrome Finished Door Handles, 'Wheels-Out/Body-In' Stance and 'Twin Cockpit' Design Motif.
Interior: The interior is well-proportioned and the sculpted seats offer good support. The cabin is quiet, a good indicator of build quality. The interiors appear very attractive with dual tone beige dashboard and leather upholstery. Its stylish dashboard is packed with advanced instruments.
Engine: Chevrolet India has launched the Cruze with a diesel engine and manual transmission, which is a 1991cc 4 Cylinder VCDi diesel engine. This engine generates maximum power of 148 Bhp at 4000 rpm and maximum torque of 327 Nm @ 2600 rpm. An automatic is also available and it is called the AT Cruze in the LTZ trim and features a 6-speed tiptronic transmission. Other then the AT badge and the AT gearbox, there is no visual difference in the Cruze AT.
Verdict: The Cruze is all about value, refinement and power-packed diesel performance clubbed together with an array of unique features. When you add it all up, the Cruze offers everything any discerning Indian car buyer could want in a Sedan at a price that represents unbeatable value for money.