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Anyone who was holding their breath waiting for General Motors to announce an SS version of the Cruze can officially breathe. However, what you can't do is get excited; the Cruze will not be wearing the double-S badge. What GM is reportedly considering instead is to offer a more luxurious Cruze. That version would feature a more powerful optional engine, but it's certainly not the version SS fans were hoping for.

However, rumor has it that our Aussie friends could still get a sporty Cruze. Motor Trend has heard rumblings of a sportier Cruze powered by either the 177-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four or 268-horsepower twin-turbo four-cylinder found on the Opel Astra OPC.

This just proves... well, nothing really. We'll just have to wait and see what GM actually has in store.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      The LNF won't fit in the Cobalt.
      Apparently GM doesn't want to re-engineer a new hipo motor for it.

      • 3 Years Ago
      The ideal engine for a Cruze SS would be the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder from the Cobalt SS (08-10).
        • 3 Years Ago
        WTFBBQ, when and where did they state this? IIRC, the Verano (which uses th same platform as the Cruze) will be getting an optional 2.0 liter turbo engine, and the Verano has the same basic dimensions as the Cruze.
        • 3 Years Ago
        GM has stated previously the LNF won't fit.
      • 3 Years Ago
      177 or 268 HP? For a car that size in this day and age??? That's an insult to the SS program.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Still love my 2009 Cobalt SS sedan after a year. Was really looking forward to a Cruze missle.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I don't know ... the 260 hp Cobalt SS was a real screamer, and critically acclaimed by many in the automotive press. And form the way they told it, it was the complete package -- good handling, great braking, fast and very low key. In my mind, that's the perfect highway flier. I'll have to wait a few years until I can afford a gently-used Cobalt SS sedan, but I'm looking forward to it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Okay, maybe 268 if the keep the weight down and had the handling of the Cobalt. But 177?
      • 3 Years Ago
      What size is this unknown twin turbo 4 cyl?
      What is ft/lbs of torque and at what RPM and is it better than the 2.0L DI turbo?
      Answer = I doubt it.

      The point GM is missing is I don't want a $35000 Verano, I want a $27000 Cruise SS now. The Cobalt SS was an absolute sleeper, the Cruise will be an absolute snoozer compared to the Focus ST.

      The Focus isn't even here yet but Ford does a better job in Public Relations and I already know more about it than anything Cruise. Maybe a turbo diesel in 12 (which I would love to buy one NOW), maybe a twin turbo 4 in 12, maybe ......... are you kidding?


      • 3 Years Ago
      STUUUUPIIIIID!!!! THIS is a really dumb move!!! Two companies (Chevy and Buick) coming back from the brink, and rather than compete with OTHER car companies, GM arranges it so that Chevy and Buick compete against each other. Oh yeah.... that makes perfect sense. I don't really care myself about what GM does with the Cruze but I would think that bringing the 5 door Cruze over and making it the SS would be a more intelligent move. Keep the Verano as the lux variant. It would give variety to the lineup, it would sell to a younger crowd that could afford it and it would'nt cannibalize sales from each other. HOW FREAKIN' HARD IS THIS?!?!?!?! Did'nt GM learn ANYTHING from its past?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Buick Verano, the Cruze twin, will definitely get the 2.0T capable of 290 HP & 340 torque

      So how hard would it be to put the same motor in the Cruze, beef up the suspension and brakes, slap on some SS badges and you are done.


      http://www.buick.com/content/dam/Buick/Global/master/nscwebsite/en/home/Vehicles/Regal_GS/01_Images/Buick_Verano_Release.pdf
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think the Cruze can handle 290hp/340torque. The Sonata handles 274hp/270 torque with its front wheel drive.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I am surprised to see the 2.0T list there. Surely that will be th 220 hp version, but even at that is should be nice. I know what your saying about the old Pontiac dealer installed 290 kit but that was never for a front driver. The "Luxury" Cruze will likely only get the 2.4 DI anyway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No big deal. Pontiac is the performance division anyway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, there goes whatever chance there was of me buying one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm very fortunate to own an 09 Cobalt SS, and every time I drive it I get out of the car with a smile on my face. Chevy really should build a SS Cruze. I know from experience that in the world of practical performance, if done right like the second gen Cobalt SS, it doesn't get much better. I'd love to see the SS spirit live on in the compact segment and Chevy certainly knows how to get it done. Considering how well the Cobalt ended up I can only imagine the a Cruze version would be even better since they'd be starting with a better base for the design. Bring on the SS!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why not have a Cruze SS as a sporty car and the Verano as the luxury model?
      • 3 Years Ago
      A GM vehicle originally intended to be a budget-priced barn-burner but ends up being a luxxed-out range-topper that just so happens to have a [more] powerful engine?

      They should call it the Chevrolet Cruze Judge.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't care what GM says right now, I think it is WAY too early to tell what they are going to do with the Cruze 2 or 3 years down the line.

      I think a more performance-orientated car is inevitable to tell you the truth. So they might not call it an "SS" - big whoop. They could call it a "GT" or anything they want really, but a few years down the line, I see some sportier version coming.

      Just like the newest version of the Camaro wasn't called a "Z28" like everyone thought, and instead was named a "ZL1". I think a similar deal will happen with the Cruze.
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