What is it?
This is the all-new Cruze ‘compact sedan’, which GM says is the first Chevrolet to be tested in Europe and tuned for European tastes. The car was styled inside and out at GM DAT in Korea, under a multi-national team. This new look will be rolled out as Chevrolet’s new global design language.
The Cruze is also the first GM model to be based on the all-new, global, Delta platform, which will also underpin this autumn’s new Astra. The upshot is that GM is expecting top-notch crash-test results.
The best way of putting this 4.6m-long machine in context is to think of it as a kind of replacement for the old Seat Toledo saloon or VW Bora.
In this 1.8-litre LS form, the Cruze is loaded with standard equipment, including cruise and climate control, anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, 17in alloys and an upgraded stereo system, as well as the follow-me-home headlights fitted to the lower-end models.
What’s it like?
The first impression is of the car’s good looks. The Cruze has a chiselled, sophisticated exterior that gives nothing away to more established brands. The unusual double decker front grille treatment is particularly refreshingly.