Despite that no successor was no initially planned, the latest reports suggest that GM actually works on the next generation of the small sedan and hatchback. Most likely, it will come already in the next year, as the 2021 Chevrolet Cruze. While the exact details are yet to come, we may presume some of the most basic design characteristics, starting from the new VSS platform. Furthermore, it seems pretty clear that the new model won’t be offered in North America but rather only in China, Korea and other Asian countries. Some sources also suggest it may arrive in a crossover version as well.
2021 Chevrolet Cruze Redesign
The 2021 Chevrolet Cruze is about to come completely new. The new generation will bring lots of novelties and one of the first things that come to mind is the platform. Of course, we are talking about the new VSS-F platform, the same one that underprints models like the new Trailblazer. The new model will probably be slightly bigger than the previous model. Still, it will definitely remain in the segment of compact cars. We count on sedan and hatchback body styles, while sources also suggest a crossover version.
In terms of styling, it is still hard to talk about details. Still, we presume that the new model will follow the brand’s latest design language, which in practice means the same as the very similar front end to models like Trailblazer. The rest of the vehicle should come in a typical sedan/hatchback manner. On the other side, the crossover version would probably be the same as the hatchback, with a slightly higher ground clearance only.
The previous generation of this model featured a pretty high overall quality. Materials were fine and soft to the touch, so we don’t expect from 2021 Chevrolet Cruze to be any different. More precisely, it could only become better. Still, we don’t count on significant improvements. The new version will be available primarily in developing countries, mostly in Asia. Still, the list of standard equipment will be quite long and should include GM’s excellent infotainment system.
As we’ve just mentioned, the new model should be slightly bigger, which includes a slightly longer wheelbase too. In practice, this means more legroom for the passengers, which was already at a pretty decent level in the previous model. The 2021 Chevrolet Cruze will accommodate adults in both rows with ease and we expect that the new model will be slightly more generous in terms of the headroom in the second row.
2021 Chevrolet Cruze Engine
When it comes to the powertrain, the new platform will also bring new engine options. Unlike the previous model, the new one will strictly rely on three-cylinder units. Base models should come equipped with a 1.2-liter engine, which puts out around 137 horsepower. This engine comes in pair with a CVT gearbox, which may not be the most fun choice. Still, it definitely has a great impact on fuel economy.
Higher trim levels will come equipped with a 1.35-liter turbo three-cylinder, which is good for about 155 horsepower. Besides more power, this engine also comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which ensures a much better driving experience than the CVT.
2021 Chevrolet Cruze Release Date and Price
The all-new 2021 Chevrolet Cruze is expected to arrive sometime in the next year. From what we know so far, it will be offered primarily in China and other Asian countries, though we won’t exclude the possibility to see in some other markets as well. We presume that base models will go around 18.000 dollars, though the exact details are yet to come.