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General Motors has been looking for ways to capitalize on the investments made in its platforms by increasing the number (and retail price) of the vehicles sharing them. Hence, reports of the next-gen Camaro sharing its platform with the upcoming Cadillac ATS and CTS successor. Now reports suggest that the General is hoping to capitalize on the Delta platform by creating more aggressive, sportily-minded variants of the Chevrolet Cruze.

One option, according to the report in Motor Trend, would be to build a four-door coupe based on the Cruze. The idea would follow the same formula that took the Volkswagen CC and Mercedes CLS up-market from the comparatively humble platforms (Passat and E-Class respectively) on which they're based. The wheelbase and much of the mechanicals would carry over, but a more rakish roofline would give it a sportier profile, at the expense of rear headroom.

Another option fielded once again would create a Cruze SS, with more aggressive suspension and an upgraded 2-liter turbocharged engine. The potential application of all-wheel-drive from the larger Epsilon platform, meanwhile, could be used to aid traction. Either option could stand to bridge the gap between the Cruze and the Camaro. But while the options are presented as "either or", would it be too much to ask for both?

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[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      If the US Cruze does as poorly as the European one does in the reviews it's going to need an SS halo version.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Simple answer for GM:

      Build the SS now and next time design the Cruze line-up with a coupe, sedan and wagon simultaneously.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, interested in a Cruze wagon, not a four door coupe. I want to easily put my bicycle in back without driving a truck (or mini-truck/CUV). Might consider AWD, but would jump at a diesel engine option available stateside.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why Equinox? I think a small truck with Silverado mechanics would work great.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tacoma sales numbers

        Calendar Year US Sales
        2000 147,295
        2001 161,983
        2002 151,960
        2003 154,154
        2004 152,933
        2005 168,831
        2006 178,351
        2007 173,238
        2008 144,655

        Colorado and Canyon sales numbers

        Year Colorado Canyon Total U.S. sales
        2004 117,475 27,193 144,668
        2005 128,359 34,845 163,204
        2006 93,876 23,979 117,855
        2007 75,716 20,888 96,604
        2008 54,346 14,974 69,320
        2009 32,413 10,107 42,520

        the above data says they have to work on mid-size pickup trucks ?

        They should have started the first incremental update and released on 2006 itself. 2010 is a sort of too late and to get the numbers pumped up, the only way is to use the equinox design language , concentrate on quality and design.

        look at Nissan Frontier, how intelligently it uses the parts of Nissan Pathfinder.

        even Chevrolet silverado and Sierra shows declining sales numbers.

        • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought for the for see able future that SS version's would be on hold till "things got better" at GM? I could of swore seeing a report on here that said GM's last SS would be the Camaro for a long time to come?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, I thought it was another language. That one with the word "for see able".
        • 5 Years Ago
        this isn't english class

        its the internets

        your grammar rules have no meaning here

        everyone can understand each other, the information is conveyed w f difference does it make?

        besides, "for see able" is clearly 3 words!
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM *is* "doing better", hence the thought of a Cruze SS and so forth. I'm hoping for a true Cruze-based fastback coupe. They can call it "Monza", and make a SS version for us.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think poor spelling livens things up on the internets. Like when spellcheck suggests "defiantly" when an author can't spell "definitely". As in, "I defiantly prefer my modded Civic!". Now that's a bold statement.
      • 5 Years Ago
      rear wheel drive (not just AWD) plz! lolkthnxbye
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM make it a 2 dr like the cobalt and make it as cool or better and then maybe we'll talk. the cobalt will live on!!!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        seriously an all wheel drive + turbo camaro would just be wrong!
        shoehorn jayleno's twin-turbo 6 in there with rear drive and a 6+ speed ZF gearbox (PLEASE GM BUY SOME ZF BOXES!!!!), open the front grills up a bit for the extra intercoolers (cue Bently GT speed style), minus some weight, add a tasteful spoiler, minus some suspension, add some beef to the tyres...I think I've taken it a little 2 far, but the point being a small car with a good gearbox and turbos would do great mileage and GO LIKE STINK!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not gonna happen on this fwd chassis
        though a car that handles like the old ss would be nice!
      • 5 Years Ago

      I think they have to consider low cost hybrid version cruze and this is they time to work on quality and incremental updates.

      If the product guys in GM have more time, i think they to go to internet forums for different products and read reviews of different products and try to address concerns, get feedback and improve.

      One major market they are going to loose is light trucks. It time to introduce new light trucks based on the new equinox design and engine.
        • 5 Years Ago
        May be Granite will be Vibe re-placer , Still as its an urban car, City mpg is important and so comes the hybrid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        :-), Volt is at 40k and cruze at 20k, price matters a lot. So a low cost hybrid make sence.

        The problem with non-hybrid is City MPG. small cars are mostly driven on cities/as commuter cars and a hybrid version gives real advantage on city mpg.

        Again one cruze version they may be missing is a VIBE replacement version (compact hatchback , a short and tall hatchback that was being marketed as a trendy, quasi-SUV (or Station Wagon) vehicle ). Vibe do had a near 100 k sales and new vibe design was really good and i think GM still owns the body manufacturing machinery programmed for VIBE.Its a good use of existing resources.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They will not make a cruze hybrid for the Cruze will be the alternative to the volt, which means lower cost high fuel efficiency that equal or near to the mileage of a hybrid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Headlights look stretched up and back,
      Taillights look like the eyes stretched down -- not exactly attractive to my taste.

      Other than that the car looks probably better then the one it's replacing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All-wheel drive, two liter turbocharged inline 4?

      In a four door sedan that doesn't look like some rascalism bent wagon? Oh la la. I like immensely.

      Small sedans are wonderful things, even more so with all wheel drive, even more so with manual transmissions, even more so with God's own engine (two liter inline 4), even more so with turbos.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought the Cruze was going to be the best looking compact in the US. But then images of the new Focus surfaced. Let's hope the sexier lines help the Cruze compete, otherwise I might have to switch from the GM camp.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I could see a nice 2 door coupe based on this.
      Either as a Chevy with base, SS, and "LS" trims...
      Or put a chrome toothy grill on it and make it a compact Buick coupe.
      Not to stigmatize, but that configuration would probably be desirable with ladies.
      News flash: Women have money, and spend it. Nothing at all wrong with that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chevy Monza SS & Buick Skyhawk? Sure!
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