New 2013 Chevrolet Cruze launched, to put pressure on Toyota Corolla Altis, Skoda Octavia in price, looks

Car Dekho Posted online: Monday, Oct 28, 2013 at 0000 hrs
New Delhi : General Motors has launched the updated Chevrolet Cruze in the Indian markets to delight the aspiring buyers this festive season. The four wheeler is equipped with several new and advanced features which have enhanced its looks. The mechanical specifications of the car remain unchanged, while the exterior has received a lot of updates, providing an edge to the model. The Chevrolet Cruze is available in several vibrant colors, including Atlantis blue, diamond white, sand drift grey, velvet red, summit white, switch blade silver and caviar black. The new Chevrolet Cruze model provides a stiff competition to other established players in this segment in the market like Toyota Corolla Altis, Skoda Octavia, Honda Civic and Volkswagen Jetta. The price range of this variant is Rs 13.76 lakhs to 16.16 lakhs (ex showroom price, New Delhi).

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Chevrolet Cruze is available in three variants - LT, LTZ, LTZ AT. All the variants of this Chevrolet Cruze model are equipped with 1998 cc, 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder, in-line VCDi (Variable Geometry Turbo, Common Rail Direct Injection) diesel engine which churns out a maximum power of 163.7bhp at 3800rpm. Along with this, the maximum torque output produced by the engine is 380Nm at 2000rpm. The engine of this car is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox in LT and LTZ variants, while LTZ variant comes equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which ensures a high engine performance. The variant also offers a good mileage - the average fuel efficiency of the car is 14kmpl in city conditions and 17.3kmpl on highways with manual transmission. While with the automatic transmission, it delivers around 11.16kmpl in city traffic and up to 14.39kmpl on highways, which is quite impressive. The high power and torque outputs of this engine also result in an excellent acceleration. Chevrolet Cruze can achieve 100kmph mark from the stand still in just 9.8 seconds which is very good, and it has a top speed of 184kmph.

Coming to the features of this variant, the new Chevrolet Cruze comes with a newly designed dual port front grille. It is also accompanied by dual bezel headlamps which enhance the looks and visibility of this vehicle. The car is also offered with new chrome door handles and new alloy wheels. One of the distinctive features of this vehicle is the concave shoulder line and the ‘wheels out/body in’ feature which woos the aspiring buyers. Chevrolet Cruze has plush interiors with Corvette inspired dual cockpit design, which makes it more elegant. The safety feature of the car is also updated with new front and side airbags. The car is produced at a revamped Delta 2 platform. It also has the cruise control feature which constantly controls the speed. The emergency exit of the car helps in case of sudden lockup of the doors. In this case, the emergency exit behind the rear seat helps the driver and passengers to exit safely if any accidents occur.

Other distinguished features of Chevrolet Cruze include the Quick Thinking LAN Bus feature. It enhances the performance and safety actions of the vehicle by connecting a 500 kbps microprocessor chip set to the engine. The Passive Entry Passive Start (PEPS) feature of this car enables a keyless entry and startup of the car. The center lock can be opened by simply touching the door handle. The engine can be started and stopped just by touching the small button on the left side of the steering. This provides a lot of convenience to the people. The front fog lamps, body colored bumpers, body colored outside rear view mirror, body colored door handles and stylish rear combination lamps make the exterior appear classy. The length of this sedan is 4,597 mm, height without roof rails is 1,477 mm, width without mirrors is 1,788 mm and the wheelbase is 2,685 mm, while the minimum turning radius is 5.45 meters.

The stylish interior of Chevrolet Cruze include leather steering wheel, leather seats, leather gear knob, aluminum effect trim inserts on door and center console, on steering wheel and aluminum effect instrument trim rings. There are several other advanced features that the interior of this car is equipped with. These include climate control AC, tinted glass, advanced audio system, rear seat center armrest, height adjustable comfortable driver and front passenger seat, rear parking distance sensors, trip computer, automatic lighting control, sunglass holder, digital clock and many more. Overall, this sedan is not only luxurious, but includes everything that can add to the comfort factor of the driver and the passengers of this car.

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