By on March 31, 2014

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In advance of its debut, these pictures from a Chinese website purport to show the Chevrolet Cruze, sans camouflage.

The updated Cruze, which may see a debut as early as the New York Auto Show, gets an updated nose that aligns closer with Chevrolet’s new corporate styling, along with a revamped interior. Power should come from GM’s new modular engine family.

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117 Comments on “2016 Chevrolet Cruze Spied...”


  • avatar

    It looks like a focus. Even the grill has the new Ford Faux Aston look going on.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    Another generic gaping mouth, looks like a Dart and or Focus. Damn shame, I thought the Cruze was easily the most handsome compact on the market.

    • 0 avatar
      Featherston

      “Handsome” is a good adjective for the current Cruze. Understated as it is, it kind of stands out in this era of character lines and “aggressive” front ends. Like, say, the B5 Passat, it’s a design that will still look clean and conservative in 10 years’ time.

      I’ve quite liked the three Cruzes I’ve had as rental cars in the past two years, and I hope the General doesn’t screw up the recipe.

      • 0 avatar
        geeber

        The current Cruze is handsome, but I’ve always thought that the front end is the weakest part of the whole car.

        • 0 avatar
          Jeff Weimer

          I find it striking, and easily the best part of the car styling, especially contrasted to the rear side window DLO fail and the noticeable difference in the shape of rear lighting from front.

      • 0 avatar
        MRF 95 T-Bird

        I’ve always found the current Cruze to be fairly attractive. A cut above other compacts. Opel/BMW/Audi like understated teutonic handsomeness. This new one seems like a refreshed Korean Daewoo.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Indeed, it seems that as grille area grows, intakes shrink. You can bet that 7/8 of that grille-area is blocked off. We’re getting close to having a repeat of that DaimlerChrysler car—whose name I can’t recall—that had an entirely painted-on grille instead of a real one.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        The Chrysler NASCAR?

        Hehe.

      • 0 avatar
        tonycd

        ’95-96 Sebring coupe, I think. Had a Mercedes look to the styling, but it was a Diamond-Star car.

        Of course, you may be thinking of another car entirely, but that feature always struck me as odd about the car. The Volt is the only other car that jumps to mind in this respect, but obviously it has an excuse.

    • 0 avatar
      grumpydok

      HORRIBLE. I was just scrolling through TTAC, and there is a pic of a red current-model Cruze just a few posts above this one. It made me again remark at what a good-looking design it is. And then I get to this post. What is GM thinking? First the Malibu and now the Cruze.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Sigh.

    It looks like the Dart now at the front, and that huge grille is gonna look mighty stupid with a plate on the front, for states which so require. Also, it annoys me that the gold bow tie is absolutely not centered in the grille. There’s no black space above, and there is some below.

  • avatar
    raresleeper

    Well, if you like one, chances are, you’ll like the others.

    The positive side effects of inbreeding at The Big- errr… Two.

    Since they’re all cousins now, they share the same physical traits.

    Like paying a visit to those trailer parks in the hills that nobody wants to go to…

    “Wait a minute- these kids all look the same!”

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Not just trailer parks, but palaces too:

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/rbth/features/10287629/russia-britain-world-war-one.html

      Look-alike royalty is one thing, but I want my car to look distinctive. These days, I can’t even put my Union 76 ball on the built in antenna!

  • avatar
    cmoibenlepro

    It looks like a Hyundai Elantra.

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    Updated Sonata? Anyone? Anyone?

    It is nice to see they’ve updated the droopy butt thing going from the current generation.

  • avatar
    RyleyinSTL

    Completely looks like a rebadged 2015 Sonata….in all ways. It’s like they decided to platform share or something.

    Saying that, it looks fine, just nothing exciting.

  • avatar
    alsorl

    Looks like a KIA.

  • avatar
    Superdessucke

    Any chance for an SS version? I bet even the Chinese like to zip along.

  • avatar
    gtrslngr

    … and just think … uglier than the old one … still a DaeWoo underneath … and just like its predecessor … it’ll no doubt try and kill you as well

    • 0 avatar
      carguy

      There is nothing unsafe about the current Cruze.

      • 0 avatar
        gtrslngr

        Oh really carguy ? Perhaps you’ve failed to take notice .. or perhaps the fact went over your head that almost ALL the current CRUZEs have in fact been recalled as well ? Or is it just blind loyalty thats got you snookered ?

        Oh wait .. let me guess … you’re T Bejma crawling over from that other site who’s moniker I shall not mention to try and defend GM’s foibles and debacles

        As to the periods Ryoku75 …. pardon me for utilizing a valid writing style to indicate pauses in ones thoughts online . Perhaps thy English and Grammar skills not quite up to par Ryoku ? And IT IS the car … just like the now 5 million other GM products [ including the new ELR ] being recalled .. not the drivers . Wake up and smell the ragweed son . GM’s products are garbage – they lie thru their teeth .. and they’ve been doing so for decades [ re:NYTimes article Sunday 3/3014 online .. read it and weep GM boy ]

        CoryD … deal with it !

        • 0 avatar
          carguy

          I get it – your are to GM what Z71_Silvy is to Ford. It all makes sense now.

        • 0 avatar
          jjster6

          @ gtrslngr… Wow, are you ever grumpy. And jumping to conclusions!!!

        • 0 avatar
          Silent Ricochet

          @gtrslngr – Probably the most incoherent one-sided comment… I’ve… Ever…. Read…. …. ….

          You know what denotes a quick pause in your sentence? A comma. No ones going to sit there and dramatically pause as long as you took to think of more ridiculous insults and preempted period key strokes to cram into your comment.

          Incredibly rude and completely unnecessary. You don’t have to like GM, (COMMA) but insulting others for doing so and then slinging false claims that all Cruzes somehow murder their owners is immature…. … ..

          • 0 avatar
            gtrslngr

            Silent Ricochet – Never read any David Foster Wallace ? Nicholson Baker perhaps ? OK … not a literary kind of guy . How about LJK Setright ?

            Also … show me one false claim about the CRUZE I’ve made . Please ! Just one . Go ahead . I dare you . As for being insulting ? Really ? You consider anything I’ve written on this … insulting ? Sorry SR .. but in my book and in my circles todays comments wouldn’t even pass as contrary

            But seriously …. and in all honesty SR ….just one false claim I’ve made about the CRUZE today … just one .. please … But be forewarned … if you do .. I’ll smack it down in a flurry of facts that will have your head spinning when its all said and done

            Because good sir … theres nary a false statement or claim to be found about the CRUZE in any of my posts today

            Oh and btw … READ my post . I said the new CRUZE like the present CRUZE could TRY and kill you . T-R-Y being the key word .Also … do give it up with the feeble attempts at insulting me . Far as I’m concerned youre just a bunch of zeros and ones on a computer screen and your opinions of me absolutely meaningless . Kind of hypocritical though don’t you think ? . One minute accusing me of being insulting … and then you doing so yourself in the very next section . Hmmmmn … Not my definition of maturity .. thats for sure

          • 0 avatar
            Kyree S. Williams

            I understand that GM spells “CRUZE” on the trunklid in all caps, but it doesn’t mean that you should…

        • 0 avatar
          Ryoku75

          At GTR:

          Your grammar skills aren’t the best, no, but its your attitude thats the truly bad part.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      ….Its not……the car……thats the issue……….its the drivers…….

      DON’T SPAM PERIODS!

    • 0 avatar
      The Heisenberg Cartel

      So is that really you in your avatar gtrslngr? Are you typing these replies while sitting at a huge pipe organ, wearing a tux with tails and a half-mask, banging out really scary sounding notes in between quoting old authors and speaking attempted Shakespearean English, with all the lights off and 200 candles lit?

      Or are you the guy that puts out press releases for the DPRK whenever Kim Jong Un decides on someone to execute?

    • 0 avatar
      chevy2014

      I own a 2012 Chevy Cruze 1.8 Liter
      It was was brand new when I got it.
      I have not had any issues with it
      I am into year three of ownership
      29,000 miles so far! She has carried me through lots of
      Snow storms I live outside Washington DC
      Traction control works great! Yes I keep a lot
      Of keys on my ring no problems.
      Never had an accident! Just need to change
      My oil every 7500 miles! Sweet! And a tire rotation!
      This car is not a cobalt! It has a proven record
      And is very reliable and right behind the corolla & civic in
      Sales to date! Just wanted to say my piece because
      I am a Cruze owner!

  • avatar
    RS

    GM styling has run out of ‘unique’ and replaced it with a large helping of ‘me too’.

  • avatar
    LALoser

    It seems all marques are using the same designer. Maybe we can just order by size someday: Ford 1,2,or 3. Completely interchangeable with Chevrolet/Toyota/any beigemobile 1,2 or 3.

  • avatar
    carguy

    We can only hope that this is a China only version. This design looks so bad that even the Chevy bowtie doesn’t seem to fit properly.

  • avatar
    VCplayer

    So Elanatra head and tail lights? Check.
    2011 AND 2014 Focus grills? Check.
    Focus interior layout? Check.

    Welp, at least the two-tone leather looks neat. Maybe the American Cruze will get some unique sheet metal? I’m hoping for too much, aren’t I?

    Edit: Forgot to mention the BMW/Hyundai character line along the doors that blends with the handles. It’s like its not even trying to be original.

  • avatar

    It seems everyone is seeing the same, echoes of Ford and Hyundai.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    Seeing how the Cruz sells better than Darts and Sonatas I fail to see why GMs aping them, it hardly fits their new styling.

    • 0 avatar
      gtrslngr

      Wrong again Ryokusan …. the Sonata is out selling the CRUZE … loath as I am to admit it … by leaps and bounds . Of course if you were paying attention … keeping up with the news/trends/stats etc … like your blatant error on the cause of the CRUZE’s recall … you might of gotten it right instead of sticking your foot in it …. again

      BTW .. why shouldn’t the CRUZE ape the Sonantas styling ? They both originate from the same country … or didn’t you also know that the CRUZE is just a badge engineered DaeWoo Lasceti . Oh …. but better yet … DaeWoo Lasceti – becomes Chevy CRUZE – add on some pretense of Hybrid and it becomes the VOLT – stick a huge price tag on and the pretense of luxury … and it becomes the Cadillac ELR …

      Yeah … you keep trying to defend GM … the news alone will do the job of contradicting your each and every attempt more than fine enough

      • 0 avatar
        Pch101

        “the Sonata is out selling the CRUZE … loath as I am to admit it … by leaps and bounds”

        YTD US deliveries 2014:
        Cruze – 38,664
        Sonata – 21,005

        US deliveries 2013:
        Cruze – 248,224
        Sonata – 203,648

        “Of course if you were paying attention … keeping up with the news/trends/stats etc…”

        Er, sure.

        If you’re going to be consistently wrong, then you should probably refrain from pretending that you know what you’re talking about.

        • 0 avatar
          APaGttH

          Facts? FACTS?!?!

          You’re introducing, facts?

          You’re a witch! Burn!!!

        • 0 avatar
          Illan

          ummm, theses 2 cars are in different categories and a different price brackets as well

          Cruze is a small car and its main competitors are:
          Toyota Corolla
          Hyundai Elantra
          Ford Focus
          Mazda 3
          Nissan Sentra
          Mitsubishi Lancer
          Dodge Dart
          Kia Forte
          honda civic

          The Sonata is a Mid size car and it’s Main Rival are:
          Chevrolet Malibu
          Ford Fusion
          Kia Optima
          Mazda 6
          Chrysler 200
          honda accord
          nissan altima

      • 0 avatar
        jjster6

        Let me get this straight … you’re saying the Cruze is a Lasceti … and a Volt is a Cruze. If a Volt and a Cruze don’t share a single part … how can a Volt be a Lasceti. Please, do tell.

        Also let us know, what brand are you a fanboi for?

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        Wow…you *are* something. The fact that a car shares the same platform with another car (as the Cruze does with the Volt) does not mean that the cars are the same, or that they evolved from one another.

      • 0 avatar
        Ryoku75

        Actually……I……don’t…..care…..for……….GM…..that….much…

        I haven’t seen stats on the Sonata vs the Cruz, but I see so many Cruz’s that its hard to ignore that they sell quite well, I don’t understand why but people do like them.

        • 0 avatar
          jjster6

          @Ryoku75 … Have you driven a Cruze? I’ve owned 3 Civics and I’m sold on the Cruze. I can understand your reservations. I think every Cavalier and Cobalt should have been crushed right after it came off the assembly line. The Cruze is a totally different animal.

      • 0 avatar
        The Heisenberg Cartel

        “DaeWoo Lasceti”

        Daewoo Lacetti*

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    I see a lot of whining and complaining here “It’s a focus, wahhh”. LOOK AT THE INTERIOR. Just take a good long look at it and think of the interiors Chevy was putting into the Cavalier LESS THAN A DECADE AGO.

    If that’s not progress, I don’t know what is.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      True, the interior looks very nice, but it’s a shame they can’t make the exterior styling more distinctive.

    • 0 avatar
      Silent Ricochet

      Hey… I like my Cavalier Interior. The cracks in the dash give it character.

      • 0 avatar
        raresleeper

        I really miss the SWEET interior of the 2nd generation Cavalier.

        The way that dashboard vibrated in that fiiiiine piece of automotive technology… it just ooozed of premium materials. The pinnacle of American craftsmanship…

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      I looked at one of those Cavaliers recently for a relative, I can’t believe that the automatic marks were just painted on the side (and smeared from age).

      I’m sure the new Cruze won’t use white-out for its interior.

    • 0 avatar
      calgarytek

      Well they finally managed to get the interior right. Good for them. Took about 20 years to put a decent interior into an otherwhise bland and derivative car. Catching up to the Japanese no doubt. Except the axles still break…

      Perhaps in another 20 years, with 1 or more bankruptcies, they can get the axles and ignition FINALLY right? Then they’ll finally catch up to my 2000 Civic SI…

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I’m just happy that GM now has a compact nameplate with some equity in it, so that they can keep the “Cruze” moniker instead of changing it. Cavalier…Corsica…Cobalt…they were running out of “C” names. Too, this one appears to bring Impala levels of luxury to the compact class (but hopefully without the Impala’s chintzy imitation woodgrain).

    What I’d like to know is whether this car is going to be on the upcoming modular platform, or whether it will stick with the Delta II structure that underpins GM’s current compacts…

    But based on what I’ve read, this model is China-only, and even uses its own unique wheelbase.

    • 0 avatar
      gtrslngr

      Kind of hard to have any equity at all in ones products when almost all of one’s entire product line up is in one state of recall or another. With at least another million or so down the pike about to make the news as well before its all said and done

      Equity demands Credibility ; Massive recalls as well as five years or more of lying about it negates any and all aspects of credibility .

      Age , Wisdom , Success and a bit of money in ones back pocket teaches you that little gem of wisdom . Best to learn it yourself while young . It’ll save you a bundle in the long run

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        “Kind of hard to have any equity at all in ones products when almost all of one’s entire product line up is in one state of recall or another.”

        Perhaps the recalls—including the axle issue that resulted in a stop-sale for all Cruzes with the 1.4-liter turbo—took away some of GM’s credibility, but not the equity in the Cruze name. It honestly doesn’t appear that people are as scared of recalled vehicles as news outlets would like you to believe they are. I’ll bet the people that want to buy 1.4-liter Cruzes and can’t right now aren’t thinking, “Gee, I should pick something else since this isn’t safe.” I bet they’re thinking, “Well when will I be able to buy it again?” Moreover, the recalls seem to be doing more damage to people’s opinion of GM as a whole than of individual models, and this is mostly with people who didn’t like GM in the first place…such as yourself.

        Think about it: Telling someone that you drive a Cobalt or a Cavalier will probably elicit a grimace. A Cruze? Not so much. People buy unsafe, unreliable vehicles all the time, but sturdy or not, GM’s compact nameplate no longer refers to a *cheap* car…and that’s the important thing.

    • 0 avatar
      tritip

      You know what is chintzy and cheesy is the horrible gold boytie that afflicts all Chevys. Are they ever going to dump the gold?

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Well, that’s a hot steaming cup of meh…

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      Yes, and Toyota has been so unsuccessful selling screaming cups of, “meh,” while Mazda can’t build the Mazda3 fast enough with its differentiated look and superior driving experience.

      North American car buyers love meh. Adore it. Dream of it. They want Kenmore’s on wheels.

      • 0 avatar
        Kyree S. Williams

        That’s true. I honestly think that the 3 would sell better if it wasn’t the smallest car in the class in terms of usable interior volume, and if it wasn’t ridiculously overpriced.

      • 0 avatar
        Drzhivago138

        “Screaming cup of ‘meh’” would also be a great name for a post-punk emo-grindcore synth-jazz-fusion band.

        THE ROLLING STONES FINAL FAREWELL TOUR: THIS TIME WE MEAN IT

        Featuring special guests Skrillex, Tim McGraw and Lorde

        Opening act Screaming Cup of “Meh”

        On Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! BE THERE!!

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        Yea but the original Cruze sold well and I bet most people think it looked better than this glass of warm milk laced with Ambien.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        @APaGttH:

        I’ll disagree somewhat with this. The Mazda 3 is great to drive, but I don’t think it’s all that distinctive to look at. Meanwhile, there are good examples of stylish compacts that are very solid sellers – the Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra come to mind. Neither will end up next to the Cistalia at the MOMA, but they both have unique and expressive styling.

        I think there is room in this segment for a great-looking car, and GM has no shortage of good stylists, so I find this Cruze disappointing (assuming, of course, it’s going somewhere else than China).

  • avatar
    lacy1

    Yes, this screams baby Optima to me too.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Now, with stronger axles.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    So the Cruze looks like every other car in the segment available in North America (if you read above you see it looks like a Dodge, no a Ford, no a Hyundai, no a Kia, no a Honda, no a…)

    Damn NHTSA regulations and pedestrian safety laws.

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    The 2nd Gen Volt will also be based on the Cruze. The platform was designed with that in mind I’ve read. The next Volt is supposed to be launched in 2015 as a 2016 model.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Well, it’s not that the Volt is or ever was based on the Cruze. The cars share their basic Delta II platform for cost reasons, but the Volt had to be engineered as its own vehicle from there, especially with all of the features GM had to employ to eke fuel-efficiency from it. The Volt and Cruze are merely structural sisters in the same way that the Cruze and Verano are.

      • 0 avatar
        Carlson Fan

        Yes I understand that they ride on the same platform and that is where the similarities end. But thanks for the heads up anyways. Maybe I should have used the word “platform”.

      • 0 avatar
        jjster6

        Disagree. The Cruze and the Verano are very similar. The Cruze and the Volt are extremely different. The Volt is built around a battery in the centre tunnel.

        • 0 avatar
          Carlson Fan

          They modified an existing platform, the same one as the current Cruze, to build the Volt. It would have been optimal to engineer the Volt from the ground up, but time and money didn’t allow that. The Volt is a great car but there is a lot of low hanging fruit that can he plucked to make the 2nd Gen better. Some of that low hanging fruit is due to the constraints of using an existing paltform. The platform for the new Cruze was supposedly designed with the 2nd Gen Volt in mind.

  • avatar
    Atum

    I didn’t know GM and Chrysler were partnering together.

    Maybe it’s like the ignition switches; they know they’re together, but they won’t tell anyone they are for another decade.

  • avatar
    Offbeat Oddity

    The new Cruze looks really boring. I prefer the way the current one looks- it may not be the most exciting design in the world, but it has good proportions.

  • avatar
    DrGastro997

    It screams rental car…

  • avatar
    Prod. Eng.

    I thought Mary Barra promised that there would be no more ‘ugly cars’.

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    I like games and puzzles to occupy my evenings and keep me from masturbating. Here’s a fun example:

    Go to this website of vintage names for animal groupings:

    http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Pointless/AnimalGroups.html

    Then choose your favorites that would best describe a bunch of same colored 2016 Cruzes traveling together.

    • 0 avatar
      Atum

      > I like games and puzzles to occupy my evening and keep me from masturbating. Here’s a fun example.

      “Google is always watching you, along with the NSA. Don’t listen to Ruel.” -Wise Words from my Friend.

  • avatar
    Onus

    I don’t mind the look. Sorta how i feel about the current cruze.

    But, it sorta has the astra body side profile. Why doesn’t The General unify the astra and the cruze now that chevy isn’t in europe ( minus russia )?

  • avatar
    Kevin

    At first look, I thought someone grabbed a bow tie from a Chevy and glued it on a Dart. Then I looked a little while longer and thought maybe they glued it on an Elantra instead.

    *yawn*

  • avatar
    ja-gti

    Don’t all new cars HAVE to look alike?

    Pedestrian impact regulations determine the front end proportions, contours, and materials. Efficiency standards mandate maximum aerodynamic efficiency. Designers are left with a standardized box. All they can do is color on it with different crayons.

    Ever notice how BIG corporate logos are on new cars? They are the only thing left to help you differentiate one brand from another.

    • 0 avatar
      The Heisenberg Cartel

      Not necessarily. Look how different the Germans and the Japanese premium brands all look from each other. It’s like the mainstreamers just gave up and decided to rip off Ford and Kia.

  • avatar
    The Heisenberg Cartel

    It’s like GM attempted to clone literally every single new car in existence. I see Focus, Avalon, Optima, Forte, Rio, ILX, Cadenza, Sonata, Civic, Yaris, Corolla, Dart, Fiesta and Verano here.

    I’m not even mad. I’m actually impressed.

  • avatar
    reclusive_in_nature

    Axe the front end and replace it with the old one. Keep everything else.

  • avatar
    Illan

    the Interior looks a lot like the one in my 2010 malibu LTZ. VERY NICE!


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