Geneva 2012: Chevrolet reveals specs, details of Cruze station wagon

New engines and infotainment system
Mar 12, 2012

With the official premiere of Chevrolet Cruze station wagon at the Geneva Motor Show, the American carmaker has finally revealed some more details about the car to the public.

"The Cruze station wagon ticks all the boxes for European drivers in terms of distinctive design, dynamic driving, space and economy," said Chevrolet Europe's president and managing director Susan Docherty.

Apart from its now-familiar front fascia, which it shares with the entire Cruze lineup and the generous storage space afforded by its larger cargo area, the new station wagon features a choice of new powerful and efficient engines as well as the state-of-the-art MyLink onboard infotainment system.

Three new engines will be available not just for the station wagon but for the entire Cruze lineup later this year to complement the current 1.6-liter and 1.8-liter engines.

Leading the new engine choices is a turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine that, mated to a six-speed manual transmission, can put out 140hp. Following that is a 1.7-liter diesel mill with a manual transmission that churns out 130hp, produces carbon dioxide emission of just 119g/km and has a fuel consumption of 22.222 kilometers per liter. And then there's the 2.0-liter diesel that is basically an improved version of the current engine of the same displacement. Chevrolet added that the 1.4-liter gasoline, 1.7-liter diesel and 2.0-liter diesel engines will come with start-stop technology as standard, and that all five engines are Euro 5 compliant.

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The 2012 model Cruzes will also receive--at least in Europe--a keyless entry system, allowing the driver to access the vehicle with the key safely tucked away in a bag or pocket. Additionally, the system allows the engine to be turned on or off by pressing a button without the need to insert the key into the ignition. The Cruze station wagon will be also available with a rear-view camera and a new cluster display with eco-drive assistance menus for vehicles equipped with start-stop functionality.

A brand-new Chevrolet infotainment system known as MyLink will also be introduced in higher trim levels in the Cruze lineup and in the Chevrolet Aveo by July.

Chevrolet explains that the MyLink aggregates content from the smartphone onto the seven-inch diagonal, high-resolution, full-color touchscreen display, with compatible devices able to be connected via USB or Bluetooth. There is also a dedicated plug-in outlet for certain personal music devices and smartphones that do not use USB or Bluetooth connections.

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"Customers told us they have set up their smartphones exactly how they want them, and the ideal car infotainment system should extend the capabilities of their smartphone rather than try to duplicate them. And that is what MyLink is all about," shared Docherty.

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