SANTA MONICA, California — Caught in Southern California during what appears to be a commercial photo shoot, the latest 2016 Chevrolet Cruze spy photos completely reveal the sedan's redesigned exterior.
Spy photos confirm the same basic proportions and greenhouse as the current model, with a slight overall aerodynamic smoothing of the Cruze's traditional angles. A slightly longer wheelbase, however, should increase rear seat space — one of the current model's few drawbacks — and trunk space.
A 1.5-liter four-cylinder from GM's new Ecotec engine family will likely replace the current 1.8-liter base engine. Whether the Cruze needs a second small turbo four-cylinder leaves the future of the current car's optional 1.4-liter uncertain. The turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel introduced with the 2014 model year, however, is almost certain to carry over.
Although spy photographers only caught the 2016 Cruze sedan, hatchback and coupe versions remain distinct possibilities for the U.S. auto market.
The new Cruze is expected to begin production in December 2015, and go on sale the following spring.
Edmunds says: A sleek new design should go a long way toward helping the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze compete against rivals like the upcoming 2016 Honda Civic.