The next Chevrolet Cruze isn't set to go into production for about another year, and we're just now seeing prototypes of the new compact running around here in the States. Not much more has been revealed since we saw the car blasting through the snow in Europe, but we can still clearly see new design elements like the larger grille, slimmer headlamps and redesigned taillamps.

Our spy photographers worked up a composite image of this Cruze prototype alongside the current model, and here, we can clearly see some big visual changes are in store for the new model. The 2015 Cruze's hood slopes downward more dramatically, the windshield is more heavily raked, and the roofline looks more fluid overall. The next-generation Cruze will ride on the new global Delta platform that will also underpin other General Motors vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Equinox.

As for what's under the hood, we expect the normal range of gasoline four-cylinder engines (both naturally aspirated and turbocharged), and the compact's new turbodiesel four should carry over, as well. Have a look at the full brace of spy photos in the gallery above.


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      mikeybyte1
      • 2 Years Ago
      The current Cruze was always slammed for being too conservative looking. I actually think that has helped it win sales. Unlike the trendy Focus, the Cruze will probably age much better over time. Plus the interior is quite nice. I have never driven one but people I know that have all come away very impressed. Based on the spy shots above it looks like they are making it a bit sleeker looking and cleaning up the headlight and grille design. The rest seems to keep the conservative elements, so overall I think it will continue to be successful. Hoping they cut some fat out of it without compromising it's quiet ride.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hope it has lost some weight.
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        Jeremy
        • 2 Years Ago
        The diesel in the Cruze is not made by GM though. The 2.0l deisel is a Fiat motor and the 1.7l is a Daewoo. Be thankful we are not getting the 1.7l . I was in Germany a few weeks ago and had the Opel version of the Cruze with the 1.7l , that thing was a dog .
          Jeremy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jeremy
          I am extremely happy to see Chevy bring diesel cars to the US and hope they sell well also
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jeremy
          The 1.7 L is a turd. I have to agree!
          Jerry
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jeremy
          Lol and that explains how Opel has a reliable engine in their lineup too!
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      Thomas
      • 2 Years Ago
      The front looks like it has taken some inspiration from the Chevy Tru 140s concept
      Mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      The war for this section of the market is on. I hope this is a newer chassis, but the Cruze Chassis is still in its new Gen, so, perhaps most likely they will go for aluminum hoods/doors/roofs and high strength steel panels to cut weight for this MCE. I am glad that they are keeping the Chevy face similar to the Current Cruze and Sonic/Aveo. I also hope they update it to look more attractive like it is with the Sonic/Aveo. Inside, You bet it gets the same 10 airbags (more than some ahem! import luxury models) and probably more updates. As far as FE is concerned, I hope the 1.4 gets Di but more importantly, just transplant all those new Opel motors to the Cruze. Hopefully we see a wagon variant or perhaps a new generation HHR variant for US.
      Mike J
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought Chevy dropped the split bow tie grill?
        andrite36
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike J
        That was my hope too. Guess not. Oh well... It will make you ASPIRE to a Chevy that is less ugly! LOL
      erjhe
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this will in fact be the 2015 Cruze, I'll be a little disappointed. I like how the Cruze looks like a normal car (flatter hood, more definition between the hood and windshield, longer trunk lid). While this prototype looks like it'd offer an improvement in aerodynamics, it takes a lot of the character and definition out of the car. I also can't say I like the Sonic-esq grill... that look never warmed up for me. Regardless, it's a nice evolution of the design and will hopefully continue what appears to be the Cruze's mantra: Efficiency with simplicity.
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        FierySolstice
        • 2 Years Ago
        Man they should really require you to have some sort of education to comment on here. You surely can tell who's part of the lower class.
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        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        You're blind. The hard points are all different, including the cowl height, windshield slope, quarter panel shape and size...you're talking out your hindquarters.
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      Taint
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't understand the hate from the commenters. Isn't this the type of car most of you can afford?
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Taint
        Taint, you're being too generous. Most AB posters aren't old enough to even drive.
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