Chevrolet Cruze Review
Are You Ready To CruzeMonday, April 29, 2013
Overview of Chevrolet Cruze
Based on the revamped Delta 2 platform that is the norm for all passenger cars being produced by General Motors across the world, it is easy to see how the Chevrolet Cruze had been a runaway success in its first avatar. Re-launched with minor cosmetic changes but refinement tune-ups and features to make it an even better buy, the Cruze has been the car to beat in its segment. The recently ended month saw the much-loved sedan come in at second place behind the new Elantra. With the next-gen VCDi engine, this mile-munching machine is the Diesel Rocket to beat.
New Features Added in Cruze with new Z-series engine
- Dead pedal as standard
- The driver’s seat is now 6-way power adjustable
- Power windows now feature anti-pinch technology
- New audio system with surround sound
Chevrolet Cruze Exterior
A casual look at the Cruze will give an observer a hint on why this car was such a runaway success in the Indian market. A beefy side profile immediately distinguishes it from other incumbents in this segment of executive saloons. A hark back to the American muscle cars – defined by such names as the Camaro, the Charger and the Mustang, the Cruze clearly shows its American roots in its muscular profile, the broad doors, the split grille and the sculpted rear. It is a comfortably long car planted a comfortable 165mm above the ground for spirited driving pleasure even on the potholed city roads of our major cities. Large wheel arches carry the muscular overtones of the entire package forward. Fitted with 16 inch alloys, the wheel stance of the car is highlighted with the well-designed alloys too. The higher LTZ variant comes with the added convenience of a sunroof as well. Chrome embellishment has been added in generous amount to the grille, window sills and split tail lamps highlighting the American roots of the car maker. Overall, the Cruze is a well thought out, well designed package and possibly the only truly American car on Indian roads.
Chevrolet Cruze Interior
Chevrolet Cruze offers comfortable upholstery in leather and all-black interiors to boot, which are radical against the norm of beige combinations in the industry. Aluminium has been generously used to give it an upmarket feel; as is evident from the inserts on door and the center console. The gear knob as well as the steering wheel is wrapped in leather for a suitably plush finish. The Corvette-designed dual cockpit design is accentuated by the icy-blue illumination used on the instrument cluster. A front armrest that doubles up as a storage lid that slides open is a nice touch and confirms the view that this car was made with drivers in mind. The leather upholstery on the top variant is worth spending that extra buck for and it’s a stunner in the titanium-stitch finished leather seats in jet black monotones. This illumination theme has been used by more and more manufacturers lately, and serves its purpose well of giving the Cruze interior a nice, balanced look.
Comfort and Convenience
The base variant has been upgraded to feature keyless entry, adjustable driver’s seat and fog lamps. Though this has led to an escalation in the price for the entry variant, GM has done well in upgrading to these features as they’re the norm in many of lower-class sedans; case in point being the new Verna or even lower, the new Scala for instance. Headroom is ample in the rear and the legroom is comfortable even for a fairly tall person which is to be expected from a D-class saloon.
Dashboard and Storage
The two tone interior contrasts the leather beautifully and Chevy has added some nice touches to the car in the form of a front ashtray, additional power socket and cup holders for passengers in the front as well as the rear. This forward thinking would appeal to users, and passengers looking for rear seat comfort.
Music System of Chevrolet Cruze
The stock system on the Chevrolet Cruze is adequate but extreme-end performance either sides of the audio band leaves a lot to be desired. The capabilities of the entertainment system are fairly standard with Auxiliary In, Bluetooth pairing and USB play supported.
Engine and Gearbox of Chevrolet Cruze
Most of the upgrades on the new Cruze can be slotted into this category and this is where the Cruze retains its crown for being the ‘driver’s car’ in this category. The re-engineered VCDi diesel engine offers not only increased power at the lower end – from 150 PS in the older version to 166 PS in the new Cruze; torque goes up by a whopping 57 Nm available now in a lower rev band at 2000 rpm than at 2600 rpm before. This means that the complaints from the old version of turbo lag and difficulty in handling slow city traffic now become history. The easily available power at the lower end also means that clutch riding – such a tiresome by-product of city dwelling, can be avoided altogether. The new 6-speed transmission is smoother than the outgoing 5-gears box and addresses the stickiness that was criticized in the earlier unit.
The new Chevrolet Cruze is slower than the ’09 variant. This is down to better re-worked gear ratios for city driving, stiffened suspension and a slight increase in kerb weight to factor in all the extra equipment. Is it noticeable? Well, only if you have driven the older Cruze. As an upgrade from a C-segment sedan, it is not.
Chevrolet Cruze Mileage
The ARAI figures claim a miserly 18.3 kmpl in the standard test conditions. More realistically, city driving gives back a 10-kmpl which is at par for diesel variants in comparable class. It is highway driving however, where the Cruze clearly shows its improved refinement – offering a healthy 17 kilometres to the litre.
Chevrolet Cruze Suspension and Braking
With a stiffened suspension setup, the Cruze takes drive-ability to newer heights. Keener than before at tackling corners; front ventilated disc brakes along with Electronic Brake force Redistribution add that extra layer of security, enabling you to throw the muscular car around corners with confidence.
Official Chevrolet Accessories For Cruze
If you don't want to spend more for the LTZ variant of Cruze then you can upgrade the LT variant by installing some accessories as Chevrolet India has also launched a series of official accessories for Cruze. It includes:
- Chrome Finish Caps for Outside Rear View Mirrors
- Chrome Finish Garnish for Tail Lamps
- Illuminated Door Sill Plates
- Weather Guard in Chrome Finish, Smoke Finish Also Available
- Chrome Finish Garnish for C-Pillar
- Leather Cover for the Steering Wheel
- Splash Guard Set or Mud Guards
- Full Car Protective Cover
- Leather Seat Covers
- Foot Mats & Boot Mat
- Reverse Parking Sensor Assist System
- Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicators
- Global Positioning System
- In-Car Refrigerator
Chevrolet Cruze - Shades Available
Chevrolet India has launched Cruze in seven shades in India:
- Atlantis Blue
- Velvet Red
- Caviar Black
- Summit White
- Diamond White
- Sand Drift Grey
- Switch Blade Silver
Chevrolet Cruze Variants
Chevrolet Cruze is available in 3 variants:
- Chevrolet Cruze LT
- Chevrolet Cruze LTZ
- Chevrolet Cruze Automatic
Chevrolet Cruze LTZ comes with some extra features like chrome finish door handles, electric sunroof, chrome garnish, In-dash 6 CD changer, rear parking assist, rain sensing wipers, power fold-able and heated outside rear view mirrors, leather upholstery, cruise control and engine start/stop push button. Both the variants are available with 3 Year Or 100000 Km Warranty Package.
Chevrolet Cruze Price
- Cruze LT - Rs. 13.85 lakhs
- Cruze LTZ - Rs. 14.77 lakhs
- Cruze LTZ Automatic - Rs. 15.57 lakhs
Above mentioned prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.
The car comes with a standard warranty option of 3 years and it is extendable by the local dealer.
A drivers’ machine, the Chevy Cruze is spot-on with its basic premise – that of adrenaline and appealing to the Heart. But looking deeper, it is easy to see why this car will go down the road of the erstwhile D-category champion, the Honda Civic. Too many things were right in the first version and the manufacturers have decided not to tinker too much with the package. Overall, this is a mistake and pushes a car far beyond its usable life. Finish, fit and equipment do not have anything to measure up to the stiff opposition in terms of the Laura or the Elantra while the interiors are not apt for the hot, sultry summers of the country, in black. With diesel prices set upon de-regulation, the Cruze might leave its makers scrambling for an upgrade, or a petrol cousin sooner than they anticipated with this launch.