2014 Chevrolet Cruze spotted undisguised in China; 7-speed DCT rumoured

The next generation Cruze sedan has been spotted and photographed completely undisguised in a holding yard in China … and it looks a little bland.

According to Auto.sohu.com the new Cruze will hit Chinese showrooms powered by a either a 84kW/146Nm 1.5-litre direct injection petrol engine (this replaces the current Ecotec 1.6) or the 110kW/235Nm 1.4-litre turbo 4-cylinder, which Australia is already familiar with.

The 1.5-litre engine will, in China at least, be paired with either a 5- or 6-speed manual, while the 1.4-litre turbo will come with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Later on the Chinese range will also feature 1- and 1.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol motors, and 1- and 1.5-litre turbo-diesels.

As has been rumoured for the North American market, it’s likely that in China the current Cruze will soldier on alongside the new model. For the US, the current car will likely be rebranded the Cruze Classic and be pared down to one engine choice and trim level.

Style-wise the new generation Cruze shares very little in common with the current model. There’s the two-part grille seen in Chevy-branded models, Chevy bowtie, the Cruze badge and, uhh, that’s about it.

With Holden’s Australian manufacturing operations to close in 2017, the future of the Cruze on the local market is uncertain. Currently the Cruze sedan and hatch are produced in Australia, while the wagon is fully imported from Korea.

The current model could soldier until 2016 or 2017, be replaced by the new Cruze or the next Opel Astra. Matters are complicated by the fact that Chevrolet is leaving Europe by 2016 and the major export source for non-American Cruzes is South Korea. It’s been confirmed that the new model will not be produced there and it’s not entirely certain whether the new Cruze (or the American factories producing it) are tooled for right-hand drive.

Source: Auto.sohu.com

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]