• Apr 6th 2010 at 11:29AM
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General Motors may be giving the Chevrolet Cruze a once-over before the car debuts here in the States. According to Paul Tan, the sedan is getting a few upgrades ahead of American consumers getting a crack at the company's new compact fighter. The majority of the changes seem to be geared towards making the car quieter, and include a new acoustic laminated windshield and extra sound deadening in the doors. GM has also cranked the total air bag count up to 10 to improve its safety rating.

While the thought of additional weight in a car with just 138 horsepower slows our pulse, there is some good news: The General may be ditching the torsion bar rear suspension in the global Cruze in favor of a Z-link set up, meaning there may be some hope for the four-door when it comes to the twisties.

[Source: Paul Tan]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Drove it in London and it drove nicely. Compared it to the current competition at the New York Auto show and the interior to me came off as the most refined and high quality in look and feel. And the seats are superb. Other show goers who never seen a cruze walked away impressed as I took notice. And the car in person looks waay better than in pictures. Also it is up to date considering that a few cars on the market just went through their life cycle changes I.e Toyota Corolla, Kia Forte, and Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Lancer, etc. It will do well
        • 5 Years Ago
        Glad to hear that it looks better in real life than the pictures. I tend to find myself discouraged when I see pictures of the Cruze. I feel it looks too dated to be new. But hey, Corollas sell well and I don't think they look good either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't even know what 10 air bags can be used for. I have just recently bought a car with two air bags. I would be happy with no air bags.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm looking into getting a new car in December, too bad this car did not come out a year ago so i could pick up a used one for a few thousand dollars off MSRP.

      As it stands i'm looking at the Saturn Aura, Ford Fusion, and Chevy Malibu, all 3 a little bigger than i need, but the prices on those 3 cars for a slightly used model (30-40k miles) are just too good to pass up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "torsion bar rear suspension"...
      I think you mean torsion beam.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wikipedia will also incorrectly tell you trail braking means applying the brakes during the turn to touch up your weight balance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you mean fail.


        "A torsion bar suspension, also known as a torsion spring suspension or incorrectly torsion beam, is a general term for any vehicle suspension that uses a torsion bar as its main weight bearing spring."
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about using that trick front suspension from the Buick LaCrosse to help eliminate torque steer on this FWD car.

      Sure, the low-end 138 HP version won't need it, but a future SS edition (with possibly the 240HP 2.0L turbo from the Sky/Solstice) could use it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, the new suspension does use the same attachment points as their more conventional suspension. Maybe someone can make an aftermarket version to sub in if GM doesn't do it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Snooze...this car looks old already - Oh wait, it looked old from the minute they unveiled it. The next gen Focus outshines this in every way and will crush it in sales. I love this new marketing of theirs, show cars for a few years, then put them on sale. Good luck GM!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I purchased a Chevy Cruze Eco in July 2o11 and since have experienced as much as 44 MPG average [highway] and around "town" it usually averages no less than 38 MPG. With the price of fuel now near $4.oo per gallon this was a very smart purchase for the times. I have only one major negative; there was no spare time included. I was forced to spend approximagely $3oo.oo to purchase a specialty 16" rim, tire, jack and other accessories. Other than to save weight there is no reason to not provide a spare tire. Otherwise this is a really great performer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Market specific upgrades?!?!

      Well, my market specifies a 2-door Cruze that comes with a 2.0L turbo'd Ecotec and a 6-speed manual transmission, along with tasteful body mods, Brembo brakes, Recaro seats, and a useable trunk.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...and a good-looks, hot-style upgrade!

        Looking at this Cruze makes me want to watch corn grow for rehabilitation.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good luck with that. Apparently, the 2.0 LNF engine does not fit in the Cruze. At least that is what those in the "GM know" say.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like your market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Take advantage of further economies of scale and give Buick a slightly upscale version. Perhaps bring back the Skyhawk or Skylark name and have a sporty "T-Type" model with supercharged engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ho-hum . . . another boring design from GM. This car, though brand-new, looks five years old and it's not even on the road yet(!)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The extra airbags along with sound deadening material along with some extra thick windshield is minor considering how it could really help benefit the overall
      package; a higher safety rating and quieter interior. The Z link suspension would definetely be a step in the right direction too. Its a nice car either way.
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