Expert Review of Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet India Private Limited is the Indian wing of American auto giant General Motors and it is has recently introduced the modified version of Chevrolet Cruze luxury sedan. The manufacturer has updated all the three variants available in the model series including the base trim Chevrolet Cruze LT. The company has made major modifications to the front and rear profiles of this sedan by redesigning the bumpers, radiator grille, headlight cluster and so on. However, it retained the same all black interiors, while keeping the technical specifications unchanged. This base version, Chevrolet Cruze LT is blessed with a powerful 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre, VCDi diesel power train and it has been paired with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox. The front profile of this sedan gets a new tweaked bumper incorporated with fog lights that has a chrome surround. Now there is a dual port front radiator grille, which is beautifying the overall front profile. There is a gold plated company logo fitted to this dual port grille that further enhances the elegance of this luxury sedan. Apart from these cosmetic updates, you will notice the chrome plated external door handles on the side profile along with a redesigned rear bumper.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The refurbished Chevrolet Cruze LT is blessed with a 2.0-litre diesel engine mated to a manual gearbox. This engine can produce decent mileage figures of 17.3 Kmpl, which is not so bad in comparison with the vehicles of such stature.
Chevrolet, the American car manufacturer is selling its luxury sedan in seven captivating body paints. These striking color shades include a sparkling Switch Blade Silver, an astonishing Diamond White color shade, a magnificent looking Summit White body paint, a dazzling Atlantic Blue color garnish, a stylish looking Caviar Black, a sporty looking Velvet Red body paint and a refined looking Sand Drift Grey exterior paint.
Acceleration and Pick up
The diesel power plant fitted to the Chevrolet Cruze LT trim takes only 9.7 seconds to break the speed barrier of 100 Kmph. Also this particular power train has the ability to obtain a top speed of about 184 Kmph, which is quite impressive.
The appearance of the base Chevrolet Cruze LT trim is quite refreshing after receiving the cosmetic updates. The frontage of this luxury sedan comes with a refined new look where you can see that the refreshments have been made to the headlight cluster and to the radiator grille. Now there is a dual port radiator grille that has been decorated with the gold plated company logo. Surrounding this grille is the all new dual bezel design headlight cluster that has been incorporated with powerful lamps. Under the grille there is a body colored bumper with a refreshing new design incorporating an air dam and fog lights with chrome surround. This adds to the sporty, aggressive and rich looks of the front profile. On the side profile, this luxury sedan gets a new design 16 inch alloy wheels. The side profile further gets the chrome plated door handles as a cosmetic update. Coming to the rear, the bumper has received a re-treatment that gives a distinct new look to the vehicle. The taillight cluster along with the boot lid remains to be the same as the previous version.
The list of comfort features incorporated to this base level trim are fabulous in comparison with other sedans of its class. Chevrolet has bestowed this luxury sedan with a lengthy list of features that takes care of most of the needs of passengers inside. The list includes an advanced power steering system with tilt and telescopic function, a tropicalized electronic auto air conditioning system, programmable smart screen, power adjustable outside mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors with lid, power windows with express down function, programmable follow me headlamps, clutch foot rest, cigarette lighter, sunglass holder, foldable keys with remote door locks/unlock, anti theft function and lots more. Also, the company has blessed this trim with an integrated music player with USB/AUX-in sockets along with steering mounted audio controls.
The refurbished version of the Chevrolet Cruze has a great set of dimensions that makes it spacious from inside. It has 4597mm of total length, 1788mm of overall width and 1477mm of decent height. Most impressive aspect of this luxury sedan is its larger wheelbase of 2685mm, which is more in comparison with other luxury sedans. On the other hand, its minimum ground clearance of 168mm will allow it to tackle with all road conditions.
Coming to the engine technicalities, this Chevrolet Cruze LT trim comes fitted with an advanced VCDi, DOHC based 2.0-litre diesel power plant that has 4-cylinders and 16-valves. This engine has 1998cc displacement capacity, which can unleash a maximum power of 163.7bhp at 3800rpm and yields a mammoth 380Nm of peak torque at just 2000rpm. On the other hand, the company has skillfully accompanied this turbocharged engine with an advanced 6-speed manual transmission gearbox that power the front wheels and returns a maximum 17.3 Kmpl of mileage.
The company has equipped the wheel arches with the newly styled 16 inch alloy wheels that adds a distinct look to the side profile. These alloys have been covered with tubeless radial tyres of size 205/60 R16 that can even tackle with rugged roads.
This Chevrolet Cruze LT trim gets a robust suspension system that can tackle with the jerks caused on roads. Its front axle is fitted with McPherson Strut type of suspension while its rear axle is blessed with compound crank axle type of suspension system. This robust mechanism is further enhanced with coil springs and tabular stabilizer bars.
Handling and Control
The company has offered this luxury sedan with a proficient disc braking mechanism that works in the most efficient manner. All the four wheels of this luxury sedan has been fitted with disc brakes and they have been accompanied with anti lock braking system, which will further enhance the braking mechanism. On the other hand, the speed sensitive power steering system is the reason why handling is simple even under the low speed conditions.
Contemporary new look, very powerful engine.
No updates to the interiors, pricing is much higher.