The second generation of the Chevrolet Cruze should technically be here by now, considering that the current model was first introduced globally in 2008. But there has been an apparent delay in the arrival of the all-new model. Instead, the American carmaker has given the first generation what is expected to be its last facelift before the next model arrives.
Here, then, is the restyled Cruze, featuring design elements from the all-new Impala and the restyled 2014 Malibu.
"We've simply made a great, versatile car even better," says Steve Majoros, Chevrolet's director of passenger car and crossover marketing. "Chevrolet continues to design, build and sell the most compelling small cars in its history, and the 2015 Cruze offers more of the features, connectivity and efficiency that are important to today's customers."
Describing the exterior tweaks on the new Cruze, Chevrolet explains: "A prominent dual-port front fascia takes styling cues from Impala and the Malibu, contributing a more cohesive look across Chevrolet's sedan range--including LED daytime running lamps on LT and LTZ trims. They complement the Cruze's swept-back headlamps for a sportier presence."
So, do you think an aging Cruze with a new face can compete with a slew of fresher competition?