SCOOP! – Second generation Chevrolet Cruze is photographed in tests in Brazil

Some of our readers are very lucky. Antonio Intini, for example, has recently photographed the new Chevrolet S10 and Trailblazer. His first contribution to MotorChase has been the Chevrolet Bolt. We have even made a joke that he was specializing in GM.  But, in the end, it was no joke: he really is. And this time he is presenting us with this new set of images from the second generation Chevrolet Cruze.

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The Cruze units were snapped in São Bernardo do Campo, the same city in which Intini has photographed the S10 and the Trailblazer. The cars bear São Paulo license plates, what it very strange. GM has plants in São Caetano do Sul, Joinville, Gravataí and São José dos Campos in Brazil. These cars are probably being tested by suppliers.

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The second generation Chevrolet Cruze is built over the D2XX platform, the same one used by Chevrolet Volt and Buick Envision, possibly the replacement for the Chevrolet Captiva Sport. The new sedan is 4.67 m long, 1.80 m wide, 1.46 m high and has a wheelbase of 2.70 m. Although it is larger than the model it replaces, it is up to 113 kg lighter thanks to the use of ultra high strength steels all over its new body. We still have doubts concerning its engines.

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Some speak of a 1.4 4 cylinder turbocharged engine already used in the USA and Europe, but we doubt it. In Brazil, Cruze is a luxury model, not an entry-level vehicle as it is in the markets we have already mentioned. It has to be more powerful and more torquey than the 1.4, which is more prone to show turbo lag in low revolutions. Autoblog.com.ar has already mentioned a 1.5 4 cylinder turbocharged engine that would produce 118 kW. We find it to be a much more attractive engine, similar to the 1.6 THP used by Citroën, Peugeot and DS. Considering the new engine will also be flex, able to consume either petrol or ethanol in any proportion, a 1.5-liter engine is not impossible at all. Since there will be development involved, why not make it larger?

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Sales of the current Cruze are falling down in a steady pace, what clearly indicates GM is trying to get rid of the units that are still left unsold in order to present the new car. Produced in Rosario, Argentina, the new sedan is part of the Projet Phoenix, which includes the hatchback version and the SUV.

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Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.