Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback (2009-2012)

The Chevrolet Cruze is a car model of the car maker General Motors, which is counted to the compact class.

At the Motor Show Mondial de l'Automobile in October 2008, the Cruze was introduced as the successor to the Chevrolet Nubira models ( Europe / Asia ) and Chevrolet Cobalt (USA / Canada). In South Korea, the vehicle came late October 2008 under the name Daewoo Lacetti on the market in Europe, the Cruze has been available since May 2009.

In the U.S., the launch was initially targeted for April 2010, this was due to the consolidation difficulties of General Motors at that time, however, until 2011. Versions for USA and Canada are manufactured in Lordstown, Ohio.


The design of Taewan Kim oriented now more American models of the manufacturer, such as the Chevrolet Malibu. The front end is designed edgy and has the typical for Chevrolet, two-part radiator grille with a larger badge. The side view is characterized by a light edge above the door handles and an indicated third window. The rear view is structured by round, two-part lights and a chrome strip. In the interior, the twin- cockpit control system is applied, in which a wide center console laying down the scope for driver and passenger.


Two years after the launch of the notchback sedan, the five-door hatchback version was introduced as the near-series concept car in October 2010 in Paris, the production version will be sold in Europe since August 2011. A station wagon version called Cruze Station Wagon came on September 22, 2012 on the market.

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback (2011-2012)



With the introduction of the station wagon the steps and hatchback versions of the Cruze underwent a facelift in September 2012, which is recognized by a newly designed front bumper.

Rear view

Chevrolet Cruze SW ( since 2012 )


For the Cruze are three different trim levels available that are attached to different engines. The base model "LS" and has an ABS, electronic stability control with traction control and front, side and head airbags. Furthermore, there is a power steering, an electronic immobilizer, CD radio, electric windows front and height- adjustable driver and passenger seats. It ranked the LT version and the high-order features in turn called LTZ. Depending on the model, there is either a voice-activated DVD navigation system with 7.0-inch color display, CD - Radio Systems with USB port, four or six speakers and disk space as well as parking sensors and climate control. The base price for the base model with 1.6 - liter petrol engine is Euro 14,990, the base price for the top model SW 2.0 TD AT6 is 27,490 euros.


The almost 4.60 meters long vehicle (4.68 meters as a combination ) with room for five people is based on the Delta platform from GM, for example, the Opel Astra J is employed. Developed by international engineers cars will be built worldwide in various GM plants.

First two petrol and two diesel engines were offered in Europe as engines. The 1.6 -liter base engine delivers 91 kW ( 124 hp ) and the larger 1.8 - liter engine, 104 kW (141 hp). Both have variable valve timing. When the diesels are a 2.0 - liter common- rail engine with 92 kW ( 125 hp ) or 110 kW ( 150 hp).

In early 2011, the two diesel were replaced by the newer version of the 2.0 -liter common-rail engine with 120 kW (163 hp). The power transfer was by then either a five-speed manual gearbox or a new six -speed automatic transmission. In this engine, as with all other engines up to 100 HP base model, a new six-speed manual transmission is used. In foreign markets will continue to be the 1,6 - and 1,8 -liter models older design and available with five-speed gearbox, which is noteworthy, especially in the frequent in this model EU imports. The six-speed automatic has been retained. As of February 2012, the first vehicles with start -stop system came onto the market.

Since the introduction of the station wagon and a 1.4 -liter turbo gasoline engine with 140 hp is available for all body styles.

Values ​​in brackets apply to models with automatic transmission

Special model

At the IAA 2009, the Cruze Irmscher Edition was presented based on the LT equipment. This was developed in cooperation with Irmscher and has 18 - inch alloy wheels, a lowered suspension, door sills with Irmscher logo and a stainless steel exhaust tailpipe.

Meanwhile, the Irmscher Edition was released from the special edition Cruze Sportsline. This includes a similar extent. The Sportline version is also available for other Chevrolet models, such as Spark, Aveo, Orlando and Captiva.


Since 2009, the Chevrolet factory team RML Group uses a Super 2000 racing version of the Cruze in the World Touring Car Championship. The Cruze, triggering the Lacetti from, which was in use from 2005. Cruze is powered by a 2.0 - liter four- cylinder engine with 284 hp at 8500 min-1 and a torque of 260 Nm at 5800 min -1.


The Chevrolet Cruze has been sold worldwide about 700,000 times in 2011. He is by a wide margin the best selling model of General Motors. The largest share is accounted for by the United States with 230,000 and China with 220,000 vehicles. Other major successes were in Russia with 38,000 ( rank 18 ), Canada with 34,000 ( rank 11 ) and South Korea with 27,000 vehicles (Rank 17). In Australia as Holden Cruze were nearly 34,000 vehicles sold (Rank 5). The latest sales figures are according to Chevrolet Germany (June 2012) at over 1.3 million vehicles.