The Chevrolet Cruze has proven to be a popular global car for General Motors. So popular, in fact, that the General is in no rush to replace the compact and is using the opportunity to build more engineering changes into the car's design. Originally, we were expecting the next-gen Cruze to debut late next year for the 2015 model year, but according to Reuters, Chevrolet has pushed this timetable back by about a year. With the new Cruze now set to go on sale in December of 2015, it will likely carry a 2016 model year designation.

Other than riding on GM's new D2XX platform, we have had little intel about the next-gen Cruze, so we have no clue what changes are being made to the car. What does seem evident is that Chevy is looking to prevent the Cruze launch from suffering the same kind of flop as the 2013 Malibu, which required emergency updates just one year after its launch. As the article points out, the Cruze has helped spur GM's post-bankruptcy turnaround, and by the 2014 model year, it will be the oldest car in its US portfolio.


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      sckid213
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just had one as a rental this past weekend. Was my first time in a Cruze. Was surprised how nice of a little car it was; not surprised that it's selling well and that I'm seeing lots of retail-sold Cruzes around here in LA.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      Better to get it right!
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        Luke
        • 1 Year Ago
        It really doesn't make sense and it's what GM used to do in the past. Oh, this is selling well? Let's leave it alone. Meanwhile everyone else is updating their cars and the Cruze sales fall off.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Luke
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      Krayzeeass
      • 1 Year Ago
      For butt's sake, if they're gonna delay it another year, at least give us the facelift that the rest of the world got.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      No Cruze SS?
      TBN27
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if they will drop the 1.8 liter and make the 1.4 liter the base and at a more powerful turbo like the 1.8T in the Astra. That engine with a well tuned sport suspension and steering would make for a nice RS package.
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        mycommentemail
        • 1 Year Ago
        Oh man, I'm so glad to see you are back here laser. We all really missed you and were concerned to hear about your latest hospitalization. Luckily anti psychotic meds are so much better now than they used to be. Of course, they aren't perfect and take a little while to kick in so don't worry about this latest post. We know you can't help it and all wish you the speediest recovery.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I find it hilarious how some people think the new 2014 Mazda 3 will be some kind of a game changer. It won't. Its styling is awkward and its interior looks cheap; like some kind of after thought. The Cruze, Focus, Elantra, Civic and Corolla have nothing to worry about. Mazda will sell the 3 to Mazda buyers. There will not be too many conquest sells. As far as Chevy waiting another year to build a new Cruze, that will be a mistake. Product cycles are shorter now. Chevy has to keep there feet on the peddle.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        Its styling is awkward? How do you figure that? It has the best styling in that compact segment hands down. How do you fuigure it is awkward?
        AwolG5
        • 1 Year Ago
        As someone who is buying a cruze I will say this. The next Mazda 3 is gorgeous and will sell very very very well.
      Phil B
      • 1 Year Ago
      Spent about 500 miles in a Cruze back in 2011 and was pleasantly surprised by the maturity it displayed...the cabin was well put together, the ride felt planted and the engine even in Eco trim had plenty of zip. Glad to see them selling well!
      erie_glass
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm very happy about this decision. There is no need to make a new Cruze right now. It's selling like hotcakes and it still looks good. It's a great, basic car and people love it for that reason. I live 30 miles away from the small town of Lordstown where the car is built, and I can tell you that the town is loving the Cruze and is extremely enthusiastic about its success.
        erjhe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @erie_glass
        I agree. It's a handsome car that is economical (in cost and operation) without feeling like an economy car. I'll admit, the spy shots have me a little worried as it looks like they're aiming their styling to have a more aerodynamic flow, but at the cost of it looking like a proper car.
        normc32
        • 1 Year Ago
        @erie_glass
        No competition from cars like the Corolla, or the Ohio built Civic, when the Corolla is stuck with 4-speed tranny and "ledgenary fuel economy" of 34 mpg.
          Bryan Pizzuti
          • 1 Year Ago
          @normc32
          The Crapolla is about to be updated with a CVT for 2014, and a 40 MPG "Eco" model.
      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Add another year for it to get stale and boring? Bad move considering how hot that market is. Seems a bit like riding the horse into the ground.
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