Shanghai GM Launches New Chevrolet Cruze
Midsize performance sedan sets benchmarks for styling, efficiency and user-
SHENZHEN – The new Chevrolet Cruze, Shanghai GM’s new-generation midsize
performance sedan, was officially launched today in Shenzhen.
Priced between RMB 109,900 and RMB 169,900, the new Cruze is offered in seven variants
with a choice of segment-first 1.4L mid-mounted direct injection turbocharged or 1.5L mid-
mounted naturally aspirated gasoline engines.
“The new Cruze is the first model based on GM’s new global platform for midsize compact
cars,” said Shanghai GM President Wang Yongqing. “With GM's global intelligent
technology, it sets new benchmarks for styling, efficiency and user-friendliness in its
segment. We expect the new Cruze to appeal to younger car buyers looking for an
exhilarating driving experience.”
“Designed to Raise your Heartbeat”
The new Cruze was developed by GM's global design team based on Chevrolet’s new
“Designed to Raise your Heartbeat” concept. Its design was inspired by the Chevrolet Tru
140S concept vehicle, which made its global debut in 2012.
Its short front and rear overhangs make the new Cruze dynamically compact. A fastback
design enhances aerodynamics and fuel economy. It has a drag coefficient of 0.28.
The new Cruze is available with a choice of six exterior colors: Pearl White, Jazz Black,
Street Grey, Metallic Silver, Magic Red and Crystal Blue.
The wheels were pushed out to the corners of the car and the roofline stretched, while the
center point of the lower edge of the windshield was moved forward. In combination with its
more compact powertrain, this gives the new Cruze a spacious interior with 22 mm of
additional knee room for back seat occupants.
The saddle brown interior and Chevrolet's characteristic dual-cockpit styling enhance the
feeling of sportiness and luxury. Ergonomically designed, multifunctional front seats
wrapped in soft premium leather with a three-option heating function add to the refinement.
Energy-efficient automatic climate control filters out 90 percent of PM 2.5 in the interior.
New Global Compact Midsize Car Platform
The new Cruze is the first model to adopt GM’s new global compact midsize car platform. It
was developed by a team of European engineers. Most of its tuning and road testing were
carried out at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring.
Although 72 percent of the new Cruze’s body consists of high-strength steel, the extensive
use of aluminum and lightweight materials in key areas such as the engine, chassis and
interior makes it 10 percent lighter than the current-generation Cruze. This enhances fuel
economy without compromising safety.
A reinforced Watt linkage, an all-aluminum subframe and Bosch’s ninth-generation
electronic stability control (ESC) – which all come standard – maximize handling and
stability in high-speed cornering for driving pleasure and safety.
The new Cruze is among the first vehicles to take advantage of GM’s new Ecotec small
Its 1.4T SIDI engine generates maximum output of 110 kW and peak torque of 235 Nm. The
turbocharged engine is offered with a choice of a new seven-speed dual clutch gearbox
(DCG) transmission or a six-speed manual transmission. The transmissions provide smooth
gear shifting and enhanced reliability while contributing to the sedan’s fuel efficiency.
The 1.5 SIDI engine, the segment’s only naturally aspirated engine with direct injection,
generates maximum output of 84 kW and peak torque of 146 Nm. It is paired with a new six-
speed Dynamic Start/Stop Shift (DSS) automatic transmission, which provides precise gear
Its mid-mounted direct injection engine technology and wide range of fuel-saving features
such as start/stop technology and ultra-low rolling resistance tires make the new Cruze up to
24 percent more fuel efficient than the current-generation Cruze. The engines offer peak fuel
economy of only 5.9 liters per 100 km. In addition, they are up to 50 percent quieter than
engines in competitive models.
Customer-Friendly Features and World-Class Safety
The new Cruze's peerless people-oriented technologies start with the Chevrolet MyLink 2.0
infotainment system. Its best-in-class eight-inch multi-point touchscreen serves as the
operation window for intelligent navigation, personalized built-in apps (My Chevrolet,
Driving Assist, Cloud Radio and Cloud Phone) and Siri Eyes Free functionality.
Developed to meet global five-star safety standards, the new Cruze comes with a range of
active and passive safety features. It is the only vehicle in its class with active park assist,
which takes the worry out of parking. The side blind zone alert system warns the driver of
potential hazards when changing lanes. The model’s air bags are designed to protect
pedestrians as well as occupants.
Shanghai GM introduced the Chevrolet Cruze sedan in 2009. It later added a hatchback to the
Cruze lineup. More than 1.1 million Cruzes have reached China’s roads, making it one of
Chevrolet’s most popular models in the market.
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foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer
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