The new Chevrolet Cruze has already been announced for its South American presentation: May 3. Anyway, we still had not seen the car produced in Rosario undisguised. Not until the Facebook page Ferd published the picture above, at least. And the car is pretty similar to the one that is sold in the USA, as the pictures clearly reveal.
In the image, we can see the entry-level version of the car (the white unit) and the more expensive ones, with fog lamps, behind it and right beside it. The South American version has apparently suppressed the chromed frames around the fog lamps and the windows, but these frames may also be reserved to a more expensive version of the car that is not shown by this scoop. We will have to wait a little in order to be sure about these details.
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. It is already being built at the Rosario plant, in Argentina, which received US$ 750 million in investments for the production not only of the sedan, but also of its hatchback version and the SUV we have mentioned earlier. 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.
Its engines are still a doubt, but we tend to believe Argentina AutoBlog, which has reported it will not have the 1.4 turbocharged petrol engine used in the USA, but a larger one. Very likely the 1.5 1.5 Ecotec DOHC VVT DI engine used by Malibu. The all-aluminum engine has a 1,490 cm³ displacement, with a 74 mm bore and an 86.6 mm stroke. Maximum output is 121 kW at 6,000 rpm, better than the 118 kW initially expected from it. Torque is 250 Nm from 2,000 rpm up to 4,000 rpm. What was probably under development in prototypes in Brazil was the flex system, which will allow this engine to be powered either by petrol or ethanol in any proportion.