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Beijing 2014: Next-generation Chevrolet Cruze revealed

Beijing 2014: Next-generation Chevrolet Cruze revealed image

Text: / Photos: GM China | posted April 22, 2014 11:44

Available in 1.4-liter turbo or 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engines

Chevrolet has debuted the new Cruze at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

The automaker said in a press release that the new sedan’s design is based on the Tru Concept coupe it showcased at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.

Following the ‘Design with a Heartbeat’ design language, the new Cruze features a much taller-looking body with shorter front and rear overhangs.

Up front, the pointed head lights, large lower grille and trapezoidal fog light clusters give the car a more conservative look than the recently facelifted, current-generation Cruze revealed in New York.

The side profile is more slab-sided, with the high door handles and high belt line accentuating the Cruze’s height.

At the rear, larger tail lights and an integrated trunk spoiler give it a sportier look.

The Chevrolet Cruze during the Shanghai GM night at the Auto China 2014

The new Cruze will be available with two, new Ecotec four-cylinder engines co-developed by General Motors and Chinese car maker SAIC. Chevrolet said these new engines would improve fuel economy by 14 to 21 percent over its predecessor.

One is a 1.4-liter, direct-injection turbocharged unit, while the other is a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated unit. Both engines can be mated to a 6-speed manual, a 6-speed automated manual or a 7-speed DCG dual-clutch transmission.