Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date. The Cruze debuted on Wednesday during an event in Detroit that also showcased the upcoming 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and Camaro convertible.
Chevrolet has made some unusual announcements in the run-up to the Cruze reveal. On Monday, it teased the Cruze unveiling in the pictographic emoji language used on cell phones.
The five-passenger 2016 Cruze is larger, lighter and more fuel-efficient than the outgoing model and features styling cues drawn from the Chevrolet Impala and the recently redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, according to GM.
An all-new 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection and stop-start technology offers an estimated 40 mpg, according to the automaker. The EPA has not posted official fuel economy numbers on the new Cruze.
The engine delivers 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. In comparison, the 2015 Cruze is equipped with a base 138-hp Ecotec 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. An uplevel Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the 2015 Cruze also delivers 138 hp.
The engine in the 2016 Cruze is mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. Zero to 60 mph is estimated to take 8 seconds, according to Chevrolet. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel engine will be available at a later date.
The new Cruze is 2.7 inches longer and nearly an inch shorter in height than the current model. A 1-inch longer wheelbase opens up 2 additional inches of rear legroom, according to Chevrolet. Despite the larger size, Chevrolet says the overall weight of this Cruze has been reduced by 250 pounds.
The signature Chevrolet dual cockpit has been updated with a revised center console, more soft-touch surfaces and a 4.2-inch high-resolution driver information center in the gauge cluster. Options include heated front cloth or leather seats, heated rear leather-trimmed seats and a heated- and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Safety features include 10 standard airbags and a rearview camera. Optional safety equipment includes side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist and forward-collision alert.
GM on Monday told Edmunds it will continue to sell the 2015 Cruze sedan as an entry-level, value model that will slot below the 2016 Cruze.
Edmunds says: Shoppers in the market for a compact sedan will want to take a good look at the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.