UPDATE: According to Jalopnik, this Cruze may be a China-only model with a shorter wheelbase than the model we'll get in the United States. We'll have to wait and see for now.

Judging by these spy shots, the Chevrolet Cruze is getting ready for a makeover. What's more, it appears the Chevy brand may be in line for a new corporate face of sorts.

If indeed these shots are the real deal and not a China-only version, the 2015 Chevy Cruze will sport a completely redesigned fascia that still wears two distinctly separate grilles and a big golden Bowtie, but doesn't look anything at all like the Cruze it replaces. Instead, the lower grille has been enlarged and given a more pronounced set of angles, while the upper grille is narrowed and pulled tight against the swoopier headlights. There's little doubt in our minds that this new Chevy look will be likened to the corporate face of arch-rival Ford.

Moving down the car's flanks, we see a well-defined shoulder and an arch in the bodywork over the rear wheels that mimics that of the latest Impala. At the rear, the new Cruze looks fairly plain, with the lone flourish being some brightwork that underlines and connects the taillight clusters. Inside, the upscale accommodations of the current Cruze are carried over in a slightly more modern way, with a large LCD screen dominating the center stack.

The next Cruze will ride on the latest version of GM's global compact platform, codenamed D2XX. We can't say for sure what will power the new Cruze here in the States, but we'd put our money on a continuation of the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. According to auto.sohu.com, the Chinese site these spy shots originate from, the 2015 Cruze will debut at the Beijing Motor Show in April.

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      someone else having problems with the commenting system lately?!!
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      Gross.. keep the old, more distinctive Cruze! This looks like every other bug eyed compact out there. Hopefully it is china only..
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would you ladies relax and quit getting your panties in a bunch, the article clearly states this car is for China. The Chinese prefer subtle designs.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whats with all the companies going with such a large open mouth front fascia? Do new cars require that much cooling that they need to do that?
      David Donovan
      • 1 Year Ago
      It looks like a Ford Focus and a Hyundai Elantra had a baby together
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just to play it safe, GM is already recalling of these....
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 1 Year Ago
      Current model looks better. A step backward; totally generic. Take the bow tie off and you would never think Chevy.
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Chevy Sonata.. How does look exactly like the new Sonata?! WTF ?? Cmon GM, Get some fresh attractive designs, reliability, and I''ll buy one of your cars!!
      Peter Karwowski
      • 1 Year Ago
      2015 Chevrolet Dart.
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      This is the face of Ford from 3 years ago. Big mouth grille down low, tiny grille above between the headlamps. It looks really bad on this vehicle. It's pretty good on the Impala and not as good on the Malibu refresh, but on this car it's just bad. The tiny grille above doesn't flow with the headlamps at all and just looks disjointed. And the lower grille looks painted on, a problem shared by all Chevy's with this front end. It's a mess, and really shouldn't be their new face. They need something cleaner and more elegant. This mashup of shapes and forms isn't cutting it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. Ugly inside & out. I like the current car.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Really? April Fools is tomorrow......
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