The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze will offer a complete novelty for the American audiences and that is a hatchback version. This model is actually not anything new, as it has been seen on the streets of other markets away from America, but has never been released here. Since of late, the American audiences has started to show a growing affection for hatchback cars so Chevy saw an opportunity and decided to release the vehicle here. The model was actually showcased for the first time at the latest North American International Show, and we are finally going to be able to see what it provides for the fans in the states.
The Chevrolet Cruze has been a stable car for GM in their respective markets. It has sold quite well and has been one of the more popular cars when you look at the overall hatchback sales. But with the growing market in America establishing a 9% increase in overall hatchback sales it is no wonder the GM North America has decided to use one of their more popular hatches to sell it in the states. They are just going to modify it slightly and make sure that the vehicle is adaptable to the needs of the US buyers.
We are expecting that they transfer the platform of the previous Cruze model that has been used here which will help the car reduce the weight and also help it with some of its performance features. The parts which have gone through an update include the inside as well as the outside but the engines are going to be adapted a bit and will go through an overhaul. This was highly expected as the car needs to be adapted to a completely different set of buyers. But nevertheless, we see this as a great opportunity and the people here will no doubt like having this kind of a product.
High tech technology has always been the staple of a Chevy Cruze model and it will be updated coarsely here. The same thing goes for the safety of the car which will be expanded with some of the newest and advanced features making this car very much adaptable for the US.
Now when the prices have been released and the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is all but ready to start sales after its release date, we can review the car and talk about its newest features and updates.
When is the Release Date of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Expected to Happen?
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze has already made its debut at the North American International Show and we saw that the vehicle had potential. But back then it was not known that the model will start to sell in America. Now when it was revealed it makes this car even greater and it opens up a lot more perspective and opportunities for it. The vehicle is going to slip in the hatchback-drive market of America really nicely and we hope that it does so with ease as well. Many people say that it will make its debut but the end of the year but we are confident that a mid-2017 release date is more than possible. All in all, the 2018 Chevy Cruze will appear for sales any day now.
2018 Chevrolet Curze Price Lists
The prices for the 2018 Chevrolet Curze have been released already and they are not disappointing. In fact the hatch will cost really close as the base version as we are only getting an increase of $195. Thus the base price for the car starts at $22,190 MSRP. The hatch is not going to come available in the L nor the LS trim but we are going to have a Premier. The price for this one is estimated somewhere at $24,190, while the RS package is confirmed but the price was not released for it yet. All in all, the hatch is a great new offer and will certainly give other models a run for their money and we are extremely confident in this car making it in the American market.
The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze is a Great Looking car
When laying your eyes on the new 2018 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback model, you will immediately see how good it looks. The sedan version is a nice car but the hatch takes it to a whole other level. In fact the model combines the elements from the already established sedan and upgrades them with the newly added features and that way comes up with a completely viable formula. The grille is the same and it also comes with a larger lower grille as well. The upper section is smaller but the aggressive lights make up for it. The creased lines are very sharp and so is the hood which combines well for a model which has more than striking bodylines.
The line which starts from the front continues towards the rear of the car and comes just down toward the rear glass. There is a rear scallop placed in the rear part and it gives a defining elements for the side profile of the car. The final part is the rear spoiler which gives it a very nice look and certainly something for the rivals to fear from.
Since the lower graded L and LS trims are not going to be available for the hatch, it will only come in the higher LT and Premier forms. This also means that only the best kind of equipment is going to be applicable here. This is most noticeable with the Premier trim but all models will be suing the newest 18-inch wheels. When adding the RS package, which has also been announced, things get even better.
The Interior of the Car
The interior is where the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze borrows heavily from its sedan form. This certainly not a bad thing as the inside of the Cruze sedan has just recently been updated and holds up a much better offer than its previous generation model. It is a car which now employs various soft touch materials and newest equipment that make up the newest interior for its hatchback.
The technology has been updated immensely here and the most important additions are is the seven-inch touchscreen which is going to be utilized to operate the MyLink software. This makes the infotainment system very intuitive and easy to use as you can easily manage it and operate it. Other great additions are Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, which all enable smartphone integration.
The driver’s gauge cluster is also updated and it comes with a TFT display that comes with a digital speedometer. The ergonomics are also important here as the position of the driver is very good. It enables the usage of controls to the fullest extent and enables the driver to operate everything with ease.
The rear end of the car provides the passengers with the much needed space that only a hatchback can offer. Legroom is great and it is all thanks to the expanded wheelbase that this model comes with. Headroom is not as exceptional as you would expect it to be but it still manages to work well here. This is because of the height of the car which is an inch shorter.
Drivetrain Updates and Capabilities
The newest 2018 Chevrolet Cruze has had some work done for its engine. The model will use an update version of the old 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but with an important twist. The iron block is going to be replaced with mostly aluminum parts and these are going to help the car reduce its weight significantly and at the same time improve production of the car. The model will also come with direct fuel injection and four valves per cylinder with variable timing.
The power will in that case be improved by 15 horsepower while torque increases by 28 pound-feet. The total output is thus calculated at 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque which will certainly help the vehicle provide a better offer compared to the rivals. The engine is going to be paired with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, based on your choice.
0-60 mph and Top Speed
The changes made to the powertrain of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze will additionally help the model be faster. The vehicle will give us better acceleration ability which improves compared to the sedan model. Since the hatch has a more powerful engine and is much lighter it is normal to say that the specs will improve as well. The vehicle boasts with 8 seconds needed to get from 0 to 60 mph and will also be impressive for other drivers and potential buyers to see. As far as the top speed goes it will be limited to a standard 125 mph.
Fuel Economy for the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze
With the lighter 2018 Chevrolet Cruze and all the updates which the model adds, we will get a vehicle which will provide some interesting fuel expenditure rates. Based on the current news the model will probably be able to consume 28-29 mpg in the city and some 37-38 mpg on the highway, which makes this model pretty solid. We are still not sure if the stats are correct but it will certainly be interesting to see them finalized and get to use this car. The model will be very interesting for the people who are looking for a car with better fuel consumption.
Dimensions of the Car
As expected, the dimensions of the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze are going to differ now when the hatchback model is introduced. The model has a longer wheelbase and a shorter height and it has been adapted to fit the mold of a hatch. Its exterior dimensions now state the model is 175.3 inches long and the wheelbase is now 106.3 inches, the width is 70.5 inches and the height comes down to 57.7 in. Inside, behind the second row you have an impressive load of 18.5 cubic feet of space, while behind the first row the spacing is 42 cubic feet, The total passenger volume is calculated to be somewhere at 93 cu ft.
New Safety Updates for a New Market
In order to make the crossover from a global to a US vehicle, the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze needed to adapt its safety setup in a big way. What we got was certainly not what we were expecting as Chevy has gone full on advanced and added a pretty innovative setup that rivals even the best models out there. There are new kinds of technology which will come for the hatch person which the base model did not have before. The additions include Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Park Assist. There is a special kind of features especially for parents called the Teen Driver feature, which help you keep an eye on your kids and at the same time gives you the driving statistics as well.
The Rivals Which are Welcoming the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze
The models that are going to give a warm welcome to the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze are all established models and are veterans in the field. These cars are the sole reason why the hatchback market has grown so much in America and why the Cruze has been allowed to compete in the same weight class as them. But the 2018 Chevy Cruze is not coming unprepared. It holds a lot of international experience which it will certainly use in the fight to get to the top of the segment. It may not crash any selling records in its first year but we see it certainly doing well. The models that have sold well here are the Ford Focus hatchback and the Hyundai Elantra GT that are extremely well sold here. The upcoming period will show us just how the Cruze is prepared to tackle the new obstacles that are set in front of it.
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