The art of Cruze control
The new Cruze is not like the plethora of cosmetic face-lifts all manufacturers do today. At first glance, you would not notice changes at all as there is nothing on the exterior—in fact, complete design changes are only expected to début by next year. Instead, the 2012 Cruze features a revised engine, and some tweaks to the interior to make the best drive an even better buy.
In common parlance, this can be understood as an open heart surgery—the displacement of the engine has gone up marginally to 1,998cc, from 1,991cc, while it now also features a twin-camshaft set-up, versus a single one in the old engine. While these engine tweaks (and more) may seem small and mostly technical, what it means is that horsepower has gone up significantly to 166ps@3,800rpm from 150ps@4,000rpm. For a driver, this means 16ps more power at lower engine speeds, translating into slightly better overtaking and more of the diesel power rush that the Cruze was already well-known for. In fact, torque has also gone up to a class-topping 380Nm@2,000rpm, up from 327Nm@2,600rpm.
Gear ratios have also been changed with a sixth gear added
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