We have yet to receive the all-new Chevrolet Cruze in the Philippines, but the folks over at the bow-tie brand have already released the refreshed version of the second-generation model. Say hello to the sportier and improved 2019 Cruze.
Like the current version, it's both available in sedan and hatchback form and gets a bolder, more exterior appearance as well as improved tech.
Beginning with the most obvious change, the 2019 Cruze went under the knife and now sports a meaner-looking front end. A new chrome trim, as well as an updated dual-port mesh grill design gives the refreshed Cruze a more dynamic appearance than the pre-facelift model. Even the headlights, as well as the lower front bumper have been given a once over for a fresh new look.
Changes at the rear are minimal at best, but Chevy did mention that high-end models now come standard with LED taillights. These give the Cruze a more sculpted appearance which works with the Cruze's sportier demeanor according to Chevrolet. Other exterior changes done on the 2019 Cruze include redesigned wheel choices and reshaped foglights.
“The Cruze’s refreshed styling gives the Cruze a more upscale look while maintaining its Chevrolet design DNA,” said John Cafano, Executive Director at Global Chevrolet Design.
Inside, the bow-tie brand gives the Cruze a new interior hue called 'Umber' as well as an upgraded infotainment system called Infotainment 3. It comes with faster Bluetooth connectivity, quicker processing speeds, additional apps and better screen resolution.
Under the hood is the familiar 1.4-liter turbocharged EcoTec inline-four that puts out 155 PS and 240 Nm of torque. A choice of either a six-speed automatic or manual transmissions are available for the 2019 Cruze.
Chevy also brings back diesel for the Cruze, with a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel inline-four that produces 137 PS and 325 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmissions are available for the diesel-powered mill.
Apart from the restyled Cruze, Chevy also introduced changes on the 2019 Spark. Much like the refreshed sedan / hatchback, the smaller five-door gets a myriad of updates on its front end. A bigger front grill (with thicker chrome trim), as well as reshaped headlights and a sleeker-looking front bumper give the Spark its new found sportiness. There's even a new set of foglights, new wheel designs and slightly tweaked taillights.
The new Infotainment 3 touchscreen system also makes its way in the 2019 Spark. Beyond that, the hatchback also gets a new safety feature called Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking which acts as the car's onboard collision mitigation system.
Powering the 2019 Spark is the carried-over 1.4-liter naturally-aspirated EcoTec four-cylinder engine. It produces 99 PS along with 128 Nm of torque and can be mated to either a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Both the 2019 Cruze and Spark will arrive at US dealerships later this year.