Chevrolet's compact sedan is brand new for 2016, wearing new styling around a lighter body with more interior space. While it's once again powered by a 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, this one is new, too, with direct fuel injection technology that bumps power output to 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque, increases of 15 and 29 respectively.
Transmission choices are six-speed manual and automatic gearboxes.
Automatic engine start/stop helps conserve fuel by shutting the motor down at stoplights; fuel consumption ratings go as low as 7.8/5.6 L/100 km (city/highway) with the automatic. A diesel engine is set to follow for the 2017 model year, promising Cruze buyers an even more efficient option.
Prices start at $15,995 for the entry-level L trim, and rise to $18,845 for the LS version. LT trim comes in at $19,845, and the top-trim Premier model goes for $23,895. Premier is the only trim that cannot be had with the manual transmission.
The Premier package includes a more sophisticated "Z-link" rear suspension that should enhance the car's handling.
Chevrolet hasn't revealed a full features list yet, but highlights include MyLink with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity, projector headlights with LED signature lamps, and 10 standard airbags. Available items include wireless phone charging, heated steering wheel and rear seats, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, forward collision alert, and automatic high beams.