South Africa gets sneak peak of Chevrolet Cruze

10/08/2009 - 13:14 | ,  ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

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Earlier in the year, we informed you on the Chevrolet Cruze's arrival at Port Elizabeth. It arrived there for testing and homologation purposes.

As these tests happen, a couple of days back, Chevrolet decided to let out a few snaps of its shiny new car and gauge feedback.

This platform will be put to maximum use across the globe. It will give birth to the next generation Opel Meriva and Astra models. In India, whether plans to offer other vehicles utilizing the Cruze's resources remains a question.

So in S.A, these photos of the Cruze you see above has brought out a lot of positive feedback. No confirmations on their engine line-up is available at this moment, but reports say two petrols (1,6 or 1,8-litre VVT petrol engines) and a 2.0-litre common-rail diesel is to follow.

The 1.6 litre engine produces 83 kW and 153 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, while the 1.8-litre produces roughly 104 kW and 176 Nm of torque at 6,200 rpm. The 2.0-liter CRDI engine brings out 110 kW and 320 Nm of torque from around 2,000 rpm.

The Cruze will be available in South Africa in three levels – L, LS and LT. The L and LS are equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission and 16-inch alloy wheels, while the LT model gets 17-inch alloys and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

Would GM carry over the same line-up to India. It is anybody's guess.

Source - S.A Car Fan

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