• Oct 3, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Chevy Cruze LT

The Chevrolet Cruze is three kinds of car: small, American and important. And with the state of General Motors, it isn't even the individual words that mean the most: it's whether The General can combine them into a reliable, fuel efficient and cost effective package. True, we don't get to drive these things while they're parked under the lights, but to have a seat in the Cruze is to imagine a GM that begs the question, "Where was all this before the meltdown?" The studio imagery we've seen so far translates nicely into real life, and the center console looks and feels substantial – in fact, it looks like it could be foreign – even if the silver mesh treatment in the show car was a bit much. The car has a compact yet full-bodied stance, and will probably look even better on the road in a color other than scarlet, and not under klieg lights. Spring of '09 will welcome this first Cruze variant to Europe, after which other regions will get it, as well as a probable hatchback and wagon. It will be powered by a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder that charts up to 140 hp and is said to return 40 mpg. Have a look at the high-res gallery of live shots below to get a better idea of what to expect when the Cruze goes on sale here in a couple years.




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      • 6 Years Ago

      A SS version will be great.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Meh. How many times have we heard that small cars were going to "save" GM?

      Too many.

      Waste of time and money.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So... What do your prefer? That they just NOT try to make good cars? You want them to keep the cobalt and cancel this? Because the Cobalt is SUCH great quality, the Cruze would be a step back?

        /idiot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are those cross drilled brake rotors???
        • 6 Years Ago
        KeatMP: Cross drilled rotors also reduce the thermal mass of the brake system, leading to more temperature rise (same energy going into less metal). At worst cross drilling holes will lead to cracking of the rotor.

        Brake pads used to need cross drilling to evacuate gasses under heavy, repeated, braking. Modern pad compounds typically do not need this and unless you plan to take your car to an open track event, you won't get the pads hot enough anyways. Besides, if you DO need it, slotting is far better because it removes less mass from the rotor and very little chance to cause cracking.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually cross drilled rotors improve cooling performance, reducing brake fade.
        • 6 Years Ago
        pp:
        The heat generated is spread across the mass of the rotor. The less mass, the faster the rotor heats up. Drilling reduces mass, so it hurts thermal performance.

        If you want to increase brake performance a bit, slot the rotors, don't cross-drill them. It leaves more mass and still helps get the crud/moisture off the pads.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I did a double-take also. Wonder if that will really be an option, or *gasp* standard. It's not like this car really needs cross-drilled rotors but it is a nice touch.

        If GM started putting cross-drilled rotors across its whole line up, that would be one way to successfully use parts bin engineering and save a buck or two.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cross drilled brake rotors don't add any performance. They just look cool.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, what the drills could "undesireably" reduce is the cooling area; the mass, although being involved in the process because it is there, doesn't have much impact in the cooling, the area in contact with the air does (that's why passive cooling in, say, computers, use heat sinks with lots and lots of "pikes" that way the area in contact with the air, or cooling fluid, is increased... that vs. a single squared block of aluminum or whatever material was used).

        Now, I said "could undesireably reduce" because it would also depend on the width of that disc, and the diameter of the drilling, because if the drilling is small enough (but there are more drills in order to keep ventilating the inner blades of the disk) and the disk's width is that where the areas (the CILLINDRIC one that is gained thanks to the "walls" of the drill vs. the one that is lost because of the CIRCULAR area of the drill itself) equal each other, then the cooling, effect is greater with the drills that with out them. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Derek, I like small cars too. Small cars themselves are not the problem, the problem is when people like you think that small cars are the ONLY cars that deserve to exist or should be made. I like big cars too, and I am sick and tired of people like you ragging on big cars all the time like they are completely worthless. The other problem is when people like you think that the Detroit 3 will finally be okay when ALL they make is small cars. It is tiresome already. We can make big cars and small cars at the same time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't understand GM's obsession with promoting cars in red. First the CTS and now this. Have you ever seen a titanium grey CTS? Looks SO much more sophisticated and elegant than this childish apple red.
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      honestly, i think it looks better in the live shots than in the pictures they gave autoblog. IMO.

      nice car by the way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        I like everything BUT the plastic blacked out C pillar. It reminds me of the Sebring.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        Funny thing Chevy, or Daewoo?
        Were would this guys be if they didnt have anything to copy?
        1.4 TSI engine anyone? VW invented it and GM thinks they are gonna capitalize on it? I can see who and why is going down fast and who is gonna lead the next decade
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Kumail
        The Nissan March Super Turbo beat VW to the punch anyway. Who does VW they think they are, copying Nissan and claiming they invented something?

        Also, Lancia beat them both to the punch, but did it for performance, not for efficiency.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a nice car but where is the hatchback for Europe. This is not going to sell as a sedan/saloon only.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I _love_ the interior.

      However, the exterior irks the hell out of me. The belt line is too high, the rear deck is too short, the assymetrical grill is horrible (they should've used the Malibu grill), and the blacked-out C-pillar is craptastic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Small Chevy sedan with 1.4l turbo 4 cylinder outputting 140 bhp and getting 40 mpg??? Wow ... (by the way, how many lbft? 140 at best?)

      Now, wake me up when small good handling Chevy with 2.0l turbodiesel outputting 140 bhp AND more than 250 lbft torque while getting MORE than 40 mpg comes out.

      Wait, it's already out, but it has VW badge and it's called Jetta TDI. Oh, well, can't say I didn't try to buy american...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Either this or the next gen Focus will be my next car. I may consider the next Astra and Golf if they end up being made in America as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't hold your breath for those brake rotors. An entry level car will not have cross-drilled, 2-pc brake rotors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't like the hood, front headlights, reminds me of a Pontiac Astek... You can tell the EU law for the pedestrian impact crap is at play here, the front looks bloated and nasty... Terrible!

      Interior is really nice though... at least that's good!
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