Chevrolet Cruze: New for 2014
- Side Blind Zone Assist (later availability)
- Rear cargo compartment lamp
- Exterior color : Mars Stone and Blue Sapphire
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Offers Upgraded Safety and Connectivity
The Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet’s best-selling passenger car around the world, provides the amenities, quietness, safety features, infotainment and roominess expected of a larger sedan, but with the efficiency and value of a compact car.
For 2014, Cruze offers even upgraded safety technologies such as side blind zone alert (later availability), which detects other vehicles in the blind zone areas and indicates their presence with LED-lit symbols in the outside mirrors, using radar sensors on both sides of the vehicle.
It also features the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. Chevrolet MyLink technology aggregates content from smartphones onto a seven-inch diagonal, high-resolution, full-color touch-screen display and provides easy access to phone books, personal playlists, photo galleries and videos, and other stored media and data.
2014 Cruze are available in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback in LS and LT models. New exterior colors for 2014 include Mars Stone and Blue Sapphire.
New levels of connectivity
2014 Chevrolet Cruze offers easy-to-use and intuitive MyLink on LS models as an option and standard on LT models.
Chevrolet MyLink aggregates content from a smartphone onto the seven-inch, high resolution, full color touch-screen display. Connectivity will be ensured via USB or Bluetooth for mass storage devices, including MP3 players, iPod, iPad, etc. There is also a dedicated plug-in outlet for certain personal music devices and smartphones that do not use USB or Bluetooth connections.
The owner selects from options projected onto the touch screen: Audio, Pictures & Movies, Telephone, Smartphone Link and Settings. Each menu selection takes the user though a list of easy-to-select functions.
A selection of special apps are embedded in the Chevrolet Cruze: Customers with a compatible iPhone running iOS 7 can ask Siri, an intelligent assistant, to perform a number of tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. An Eyes Free mode enables drivers to interact with their iPhones using nothing more than their voice while keeping the device's screen from lighting up.
Owners can use Siri in Eyes Free mode to make voice-activated, hands-free calls to contacts on their iPhone, play songs in their iTunes libraries, switch music sources automatically from AM/FM radio to iPod mode, or listen to or send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved contacts.
Also, Chevrolet MyLink users can utilize the TuneIn smartphone app, a streaming audio powerhouse that provides seamless connectivity to live local, international and internet radio and links listeners to a global network of 70,000 stations.
Cruze features Chevrolet’s global signature face – a two-tier grille with the gold bowtie logo. An arching roofline connects a steeply raked windshield and fast-sloping rear pillars that provide a sporty, coupe-like proportion.
Prominent headlamp housings wrap around the corners and sweep upward into the fenders and hood. The short rear deck is typically found on sport coupes. Wheels are planted at the corners with minimal front and rear overhangs, which make the car appear longer.
The exterior of the Cruze hatchback evokes movement and pent-up kinetic energy. The main design cues which underscore this impression are the fast roofline, the slightly swept, concave shoulder line as well as the headlamps with their pointed, arrow-like housings. The hatchback's proportions, its short front and rear overhangs, and body sides which slope inward when viewed in profile, all reinforce the car's grounded, secure stance.
Like the Cruze sedan, the hatch has an assertive front appearance created by the horizontally separated radiator grill and the headlamps' twin halogen bulbs. The tail light cluster shows attention to detail and contributes to the up-market appearance of the Cruze hatchback.
Exterior color choice includes Summit White, Switchblade Silver Metallic, Carbon Flash Metallic, Velvet Red Metallic, Gunsmoke Grey Metallic, Satin Steel Gray Metallic, Deep Espresso Brown Metallic, Mystic Moonlight Blue Metallic, Mars Stone and Blue Sapphire.
The Cruze is characterized by a flowing cabin arrangement, and by copious amounts of space and great versatility. In reference to executions seen in the iconic Chevrolet Corvette sports car, the Cruze features a dual cockpit layout. It is separated by the integrated center stack which flows into the center console. Grained, soft-touch components and low-gloss trim panels convey a level of quality uncommon in the segment.
The instrument panel features richly detailed instruments backlit with light-emitting diode (LED) technology. The integrated center stack houses the infotainment display, climate controls and radio controls, and blends harmoniously with the instrument panel.
Luggage capacity is 450 liters (HB: 413 liters) and rear passengers enjoy 963 mm (HB: 974 mm) of headroom. Various storage spaces in the two-tier glove box, the center console and door pockets, as well as the seatback pockets can be used to stow away a wide array of everyday items, such as books, CDs and small laptops.
Cruze interiors include premium materials and a lengthy roster of unexpected standard equipment, including air conditioning, adjustable steering wheel, stereo system that includes MP3 playback capability with six speakers and auxiliary jack for personal playback devices and a power outlet.
Chassis and suspension
The Cruze features a strong body structure and chassis system that enabled engineers to more precisely tune the chassis for comfort and driving control. Additional features include:
- A MacPherson strut front suspension
- A technically advanced Z-link design is used with the rear suspension. It helps delivers a more balanced driving experience, as the rear suspension better follows the lead of the front suspension
- Power steering is also standard on all models, and helps save fuel because it removes the conventional power steering pump from the engine’s driven accessories
- Family of 15-,16- and 17-inch wheels and tires
Efficient, proven powertrains
The Cruze is equipped with one of two efficient four-cylinder engines and a choice of five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
Standard 1.8L four-cylinder with valve timing that optimizes performance and fuel economy across the rpm band produces 141-horsepower with 176 Nm of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 6.8 L/100km with the manual transmission and 7.8 L/100km with the automatic.
The 1.6L four-cylinder engine is rated at 124 horsepower with 154 Nm of torque. EPA fuel economy is 6.7 L/100km with the manual transmission, and 7.7 L/100km with the automatic transmission. The 1.6L engine is only available in Jordan and Afghanistan.
Safety and crash-avoidance features
Cruze offers safety features, each contributing to Chevrolet’s goal of protecting passengers before, during and after a crash.
The Cruze achieved an overall five-star safety rating in the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in Europe, Australia, US and Korea. It also received an overall five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest score possible.
Safety begins with a strong, unitized body structure that incorporates high-strength steel (HSS) in key areas to enhance strength and crash protection by helping to prevent intrusion into passenger compartment. Underbody main rails extend from the front of the structure all the way to the rear, further enhancing the body’s strength and stiffness. A cross-structure beam behind the instrument panel supports the body in the event of a side-impact crash. Other safety features include:
- Side blind zone alert (later availability), which detects other vehicles in the blind zone areas and indicates their presence with LED-lit symbols in the outside mirrors
- Four air bags, including frontal driver and passenger air bags, side-impact air bags (driver and front passenger)
- Three-point safety belts in all five seating positions
- LATCH child seat latching system in the rear seat
- Four-wheel disc brakes and rear-parking assist