• Aug 21st 2008 at 9:58AM
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They're here! The first official pics of the 2011 Chevy Cruze have been released by General Motors, and we're not ashamed to say it – we like it. Of course, we're comparing it to the current small car in GM's lineup, the Cobalt, so the bar is pretty low. That said, GM's new small car takes the split-grille motif made famous by the Malibu and makes it more interesting with sharp creases rather than rounded corners. The front end features headlights that extend up and "point" to the A-pillars, and a strong character line running the length of the vehicle sits below a concave bend that sweeps up to meet the windows.

GM claims that fit and finish of the Cruze will be world class for a small car, and that its interior will use "grained surfaces, soft-touch materials and low gloss trim panels" to improve its perceived quality. Unfortunately, no shots of the interior were provided, but you can catch a glimpse in this rear 3/4 shot.

The Cruze will be a global car, and as such it's going on sale in Europe first. It will makes its global debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, where European customers will be the first to check it out in person before it goes on sale in March 2009 overseas. It will be available at launch with a 112-hp 1.6L engine, a 140-hp 1.8L and a 150-hp 2.0L turbodiesel. The North American version will likely get GM's upcoming direct injected 1.4L four-cylinder. The Cruze will also offer a five-speed manual and GM's first application of a six-speed automatic in a small car.

The kicker? The 2011 Chevy Cruze will be built at GM's plant in Lordstown, OH where the current Cobalt and Pontiac G5 are built. Though it'll be built right in our own backyard, the Cruze reportedly won't be available in the U.S. for at least a year or two.

Check out AutoblogGreen's report on the new Cruze to discover its close connection with the Chevy Volt.

[Source: GM]


All-New Chevrolet Cruze Features Dramatic Design

Detroit - The first photographs of Chevrolet's all-new Cruze sedan - making its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in October - reveal a dynamic four-door coupe that proves exciting design and value are not mutually exclusive.

On sale beginning in Europe from March next year, Cruze features a dramatic re-interpretation of the traditional sedan featuring Chevrolet's new global design language that is becoming a signature on all new products carrying the gold bowtie.

Cruze's arching roof-line, extending from the steeply raked windshield to its sloping rear pillars and short rear deck, brings coupe-like proportions to a compact sedan.

Wider and longer than most of its competitors, Cruze has a purposeful stance with its wheels located at the outer edges of the tautly drawn bodywork. Noticeably tight body panel fits and a restrained use of exterior trim add to a high quality, 'hewn from solid' appearance.

Cruze's dramatic profile is matched by bold front styling, with large headlamp housings that wrap around the front corners and sweep up, arrow-like, into the fenders and sculpted hood. Other distinct design themes include a concave shoulder line, the two-tier grille and a "wheels-out/body-in" stance. Inside, Cruze features a 'twin cockpit' design motif, first introduced in the iconic Corvette sports car.

"Our goal in designing Cruze was to be bold, not evolutionary," says chief designer Taewan Kim. "We wanted to take a big step forward, making a strong design statement for Chevrolet products around the world."

Visitors to the Paris show will see how Chevrolet's progressive design is also reflected in the quality of Cruze's interior. The use of grained surfaces, soft-touch materials and low gloss trim panels ensures a quality ambience that echoes the clean, harmonious design of the exterior.

At launch in Europe, Cruze will be available with 16-valve, 1.6-liter (112 hp/82 kW) and 1.8-liter (140 hp/103 kW) gasoline engines featuring variable valve timing (VVT) on both inlet and exhaust sides, giving more power as well as better fuel economy and lower emissions. A new 2.0-liter turbo diesel, developing 150 hp/ 110 kW and 320 Nm of torque adds power with even greater frugality. Five-speed manual gearboxes and an all-new automatic transmission, Chevrolet's first six-speed application in the compact segment, complete the powertrain menu.

With sales in Europe up by 23 percent for the first six months of 2008, Chevrolet is GM Europe's fastest-growing mainstream brand. The arrival of Cruze spearheads an exciting new product roll-out program that is expected to propel the brand to even greater success.

"We are proud that Europe is leading the introduction for this global product," said Wayne Brannon, Executive Director, Chevrolet Europe. "Chevrolet has always stood for expressive value and Cruze delivers on that promise like never before. It further redefines Chevrolet with its design, quality, materials and great style inside and out. The fit and finish for gaps and interfaces sets a new standard for this segment in Europe and around the world."

Cruze is the result of a development process harnessing GM's global expertise and is the first of a new family of compact products that will deliver world class quality. It will be backed by expected highest scores in all major crash safety ratings.

The Chevrolet Cruze will be available in Europe from March 2009, followed by other global markets with regional-specific engine choices.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      i just bought a 2011 cruze and i love it !!! runs great and i get complments all the time about how great it looks
      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is already on sale in Great Brittan under a diffrent badge. The guys from top gear loved it
      • 7 Years Ago
      Seems to me GM tried with the Vega and than tried with The Monza and than Saturn and than tried with Cavalier ... And Now Cobalt... What gives??? There all bad!! The kicker is this new one that won't be here till 2011 is being built in the same plant as my 1973 Vega GT.... All Bad !!
      • 7 Years Ago
      No gm's gonna cancel your mom.

      Stop hating on GM. You're stupid. We get it already.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The side profile is almost Sebring, if Chrysler didn't add all of those extraneous lines.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Basically a G8/G6 went up to a Malibu and said.."Hey, you wanna do something sometime?"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not everyone likes the color gold so on that note I really wish Chevy would offer alternative bow tie emblem colors. How hard would that be? Then could even sell them as after market accesories and you can bling your car all day long. I don't want gold bits on a vehicle dripping in chrome.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The front end is growing on me (although I like the current cobalt's front end as well), but I'll have to see a coupe version to know for sure. The boring sedan roofline kills it for me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      you know what? this car actually looks pretty nice. I'm excited about what GM can do in the next few years with this, the impala, and the new volt...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Agreed about the garish, FUGLY gold bowtie...

        ...WHY does Chevy use this POS icon, when the hollow, motorsports version of the bowtie is much more modern & classy looking???

        Also silver continues to be the most popular vehicle color... silver & gold? Good U2 song... crappy badge color (IMO)
        • 7 Years Ago
        It does look nice but will it actually look like that when it's released? Will the wheels actually fill the wheel wells or will it be jacked up 3 inches and have wheels 2 inches too narrow? Is this the standard version or will the affordable one be chapened with a rolled under front end? I've seen plenty of nice Chevy concept vehicles but they tend to cheapen them up and ruin good designs by the time they actually hit the streets.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree, I think GM is finally (mostly) on course design-wise, though that front fender sweep looks pretty funky and the front end is overly busy.

        But for the love of all that's holy, Chevy, could you *please* lose the ginormous GOLD bowtie? Gold trim hasn't been cool since...wait, gold trim has *NEVER* been cool.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, gay it up, just like they did for the CTS. *sigh*

        you honestly think they're going to change the car's styling for the US? I doubt it.

        In case you didn't read the article, this is a "global car." The part about global means to me that the car is probably going to sell in that style all around the world. The only change is the engines that the car will get, so probably no diesel, but whatever, if the Cobalt that is sold here now is anything to go by, it should have a good enough variety of economical and powerful options.

        But whatever, we'll see.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants:

        Yes, I think so. This is the production styling if I'm not mistaken.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, the EURO version.

        I'm sure GM will dumb it down and gay it up for the US.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I certainly hope it is successful for GM. They certainly need a small car success and seem to be sweating the details lately on many new models. I think the door is cracked open for GM to deliver the goods. The new Corolla is pretty much a snore and unloved by the auto journalists (although consumers seems to love Ambien on wheels) and Honda is currently ruining all their new cars with butt ugly styling.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah, it looks great.

        But why do we have to wait 2-3 years for this?
        • 7 Years Ago
        But why do we have to wait 2-3 years for this?

        Because GM doesn't have an "EASY" Button!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm hoping the Impala looks something like this:

        As for the Cruze, this car is definitely going to be a hit. I mean, for the first time, I have no peeves with the styling (front styling matches the rear). Like the Malibu, (which thankfully inspired this design) the Cruze is going to look so much more expensive than it is. Hopefully it rides like it, too. The design is not bad. Not bad at all.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh yeah, I forgot to mention something. At the unveiling they used a foam model. Its the production design but it hasn't been "produced" yet. We'll have to wait and see if they can get those gaps right.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome job on this GM! One question, since we are probably looking at the European Cruze due to the license plate on the front, will the American Cruze look exactly like this vehicle, or will it be somewhat different?

      John Neff: See what you can do to get some interior pictures--Thanks!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I LOVE the styling but they screwed up one part major that is hard to see in the picture. The last window on the side (the little triangle piece that meets the c-pillar) is black plastic. Just like the fake plastic back window you find in the same spot on the Chrysler Sebring and Hyundai Sonata. That knocks the design down a few notches IMO.
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