2010 Chevrolet Cruze Compact

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Update: 3/28/2010

It is confirmed that the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco is powered by the new turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission to yield 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Cruze will also be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels like other Chevrolet cars. The LS trim gets a 136-horsepower naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, and the LT and LTZ trims get the turbo version mentioned earlier. An option of the sports RS package adds foglamps, rocker panel extensions and a rear spoiler to give it a sportier look. The RS package also includes upgraded interior featuring chrome trim and backlit instrument cluster bezels.

Pricing is not available yet until later this year when it goes on sale a dealerships.
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January 13, 2010

It looks like the U.S production of the 2010 Chevrolet Cruze is ready to ship in the third quarter of 2010. Chevrolet’s commitment to building refined, fuel-efficient vehicles using new, small-displacement four-cylinder engines. It is expected to deliver segment-leading fuel economy with a new Ecotec 1.4L I-4 turbo with variable valve timing to up to 40 mpg on the highway with a high-efficiency model. The Cruze is already a hit in Europe and Asia right now, and soon will hit homeland USA.

The styling of the 2010 Chevrolet Cruz is aggressive and sporty aesthetic  with wide stance. All models come with a stereo system that includes MP3 playback capability, six speakers and an auxiliary jack for personal playback devices. A premium Pioneer sound system is available, as is a USB port for iPod operation. A Bluetooth and a navigation system are also optional if needed.

The new 2010 Chevrolet Cruze is more compact, sporty and agile than its previous version.  It was designed with environmental friendly and a fun to drive car. Here is what you can expect from the 2010 Chevrolet Cruze from the three trims as LS, LT, and LTZ:

  • New family of efficient four-cylinder engines, including a 1.4L turbo and 1.8L
  • Six-speed automatic and manual transmissions
  • Ten standard airbags, including frontal, side-impact, roof rail head curtain, rear-seat side airbags and new knee airbags
  • Electronic stability control with rollover sensing
  • Bluetooth, USB connectivity and navigation system
  • XM Satellite Radio and OnStar
  • MacPherson strut front suspension and Watts Z-link rear suspension, with 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control and anti-lock brakes
  • Fuel-saving, rack-mounted electric power steering
  • With its exhaust-driven turbocharger, the Cruze’s Ecotec 1.4L turbo is efficient for a small-displacement four-cylinder. It is standard on LT and LTZ models, with power ratings estimated at 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque. With the Ecotec 1.4L turbo, Cruze’s fuel efficiency enables a cruising range of more than 500 miles (800 km), meaning it can go longer between fill-ups.  Standard on LS models is an Ecotec 1.8L four-cylinder that has the same basic architecture as the 1.4L turbo.  The engine is mated to a six speed manual or automatic transmission.

    Best of all the 2010 Chevrolet Cruz comes with GM’s five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.  Here is the video in the from the Detroit International Auto Show.

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    NEW YORK – At the New York Auto Show, Chevrolet reveals the compac

    t 2011 Cruze Eco. This high-efficiency model is powered by a 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine with variable valve timing that achieves an estimated 40 mpg on the highway when combined with a six-speed manual transmission. Cruze Eco is expected to deliver the best fuel economy in the compact segment, while offering midsize car presence.

    “The Cruze Eco delivers hybrid-like efficiency without the price tag,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president Chevrolet marketing. “Along with the Volt electric vehicle, it demonstrates how Chevrolet is working to bring new products to market that range from gas-friendly to gas-free.

    Chevrolet also shows an optional RS sport appearance package for the Cruze LT and LTZ trim levels.

    Cruze is the first in a family of all-new Chevrolet small and compact cars designed to offer excellent fuel economy, outstanding quality and top safety ratings. Cruze models for the United States and Canada will be produced at the Lordstown, Ohio assembly complex. In February, Chevrolet announced the addition of a third shift at Lordstown that will add 1,200 workers to support a smooth, fast and flawless ramp-up of Cruze production. More than $350 million has been invested to re-tool the plant and add new, state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment.

    “This investment helps secure the best possible manufacturing footprint to react to market demand and deliver vehicles faster to our customers,” said Campbell. “We believe Cruze is the right car at the right time for American consumers.”

    Cruze Eco details

    Featuring a 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine with variable valve timing, the Cruze Eco is designed to be the most fuel-efficient model in the lineup, delivering an estimated 40 mpg on the highway with the standard six-speed manual transmission. City fuel economy, as well as estimates for the Cruze Eco equipped with an available six-speed automatic transmission, will be finalized closer to launch.

    The Eco achieves greater fuel economy using a number of features that enhance its aerodynamics, minimize weight and reduce rolling resistance. Details include:

    • A lower front grille air shutter that closes at higher speeds to improve aerodynamics and opens at lower speeds to optimize engine-cooling airflow
    • The upper grille has more “closeouts” to improve aerodynamics
    • A lower front air dam extension, extensive use of underbody panels and a rear spoiler enhance aerodynamics
    • A lowered ride height improves aerodynamics
    • Unique 17-inch lightweight aluminum wheels
    • Ultra-low rolling resistance 17-inch Goodyear tires.

    The axle ratio on the manual-transmission model is also optimized for fuel economy, while helping the car deliver confident performance. Chevrolet estimates the Cruze Eco will deliver 0-60 mph performance of about 10 seconds with the manual transmission and 9 seconds with the six-speed automatic.

    The Cruze Eco will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010.

    Cruze RS details

    Complementing Cruze’s sporty proportions is an optional RS appearance package for the LT and LTZ trim levels, which bolsters the car’s styling with unique fascias, rocker moldings, rear spoiler and fog lamps. An uplevel instrument cluster is also part of the package and includes chrome accent rings in place of the standard silver finish, as well as opaque cluster bezels that allow the cluster’s ice blue backlighting to shine through – providing a sporty nighttime appearance.

    “For customers who want even more personality and presence in their vehicle, the RS appearance package builds on the already bold face and coupe-like proportions of the Cruze,” said Michael Simcoe, executive director, North American Exterior Design.

    Midsize presence in the compact segment

    All Cruze models offer the spaciousness and amenities of a midsize car, combined with segment-leading features and details that challenge preconceived notions about what a compact car can be in North America.

    Along with the Eco, the 2011 Cruze will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trims. Standard and available equipment includes:

    • Ten standard air bags, including frontal, front-seat side-impact air bags, roof rail head curtain, rear-seat side air bags and new front knee air bags
    • Bluetooth, USB connectivity, XM Satellite Radio and navigation system
    • Standard OnStar with one year of Directions and Connections service
    • MacPherson strut front suspension and Z-link rear suspension, with 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels
    • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing, traction control and anti-lock brakes
    • Fuel-saving, rack-mounted electric power steering
    • Unexpected levels of quietness, smoothness and refinement for the segment.

    All models share an interior characterized by upscale materials and a lengthy roster of equipment usually found in larger and more expensive vehicles. Available technologies include Bluetooth and a navigation system.

    Cruze’s 1.4L Ecotec turbo performs like a larger engine when needed, but retains the efficiency of a small-displacement four-cylinder in most driving conditions; it is standard on Eco, LT and LTZ models. Rated at an estimated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm), it enables a cruising range of more than 500 miles (800 km). Cruze will lead the way for Chevrolet in the use of small-displacement, turbocharged Ecotec engines that are highly fuel-efficient and power vehicles that are fun to drive.

    Standard on LS models is a 1.8L Ecotec four-cylinder rated at an estimated 136 horsepower (184 kW) and 123 lb.-ft. of torque (166 Nm). Both engines are designed with fuel efficiency in mind, including technology such as variable valve timing that optimizes performance and fuel economy.

    Backing the Cruze’s engines are six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Each contributes to excellent fuel economy.

    Chevrolet engineers have already logged more than 4 million miles in quality and durability testing worldwide, making Cruze one of the most real world-tested products prior to a U.S. launch. It is backed by Chevrolet’s five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty – the best coverage in America.

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