Fact file: Chevrolet Cruze station wagon
The perfect match for families and high-octane individuals
- Segment: Compact
- Start of sales: Summer 2012
The Cruze station wagon, the latest bodystyle of Chevrolet's top selling nameplate, celebrated its world premiere at the 82nd International Geneva Motor Show. Immediately recognizable as a new variant of the Chevrolet Cruze, it complements the sedan and hatchback versions, which together have sold more than one million units globally since the carline's launch in 2009.
Thanks to its large and flexible cargo space, the station wagon naturally appeals to families, but also to people who want a compact car with more carrying capacity to fit an active lifestyle. At 4,675 mm, the Cruze station wagon is slightly longer than the hatchback (4,510 mm) and sedan (4,597 mm) models. Load space ranges from 500 liters up to the window line in the rear to nearly 1,500 liters up to the roof top with the rear seats folded down.
The exterior design features a single arch roofline that tapers off and contributes to a drag coefficient of 0.34. The vehicle, which comes with roof racks as standard, has a poised and sporty look. A number of styling changes will be introduced in 2012 for all Cruze models. The most significant design change can be found in the remodeled front fascia, modified head-lamp interiors and fog lamps, and new wheel styles. The design of the interior remains largely unchanged from the Cruze hatchback version, apart from additional refinements to the center console depending on the choice of radio, and a greater choice of seat finishes.
A choice of five powertrains will be available for the Cruze. A new 1.4L turbo gasoline, a new 1.7L diesel and a 2.0L diesel engine with start-stop technology will complement the current 1.6L and 1.8L gasoline engines.
The turbo-charged 1.4L gasoline engine, coupled with a six-speed manual transmission, delivers 140 hp @ 6,000 rpm. The much-anticipated manual 1.7L diesel churns out 130 hp @ 4,000 rpm, produces CO2 emissions of 119 g/km and boasts a fuel consumption of 4.5 liters per 100 km*. The 1.4L gasoline, 1.7L diesel and 2.0L diesel (manual transmission) engines will come with start-stop technology as standard.
New Cruzes are available with keyless entry, enabling the driver to access the vehicle with the key safely tucked away in a bag or pocket. Additionally, the system allows the engine to be turned on or off by pressing a button without the need to insert the key into the ignition. The Cruze station wagon will be also available with a rear-view camera and a new cluster display that includes eco-drive assistance menus for vehicles equipped with Start-Stop functionality.
A brand new infotainment system, called Chevrolet MyLink, will be launched in higher trim levels of the Cruze line-up as of summer 2012. Chevrolet MyLink aggregates content from smartphones onto the seven-inch diagonal, high-resolution, full-color touch-screen display. Compatible devices can be connected via USB or Bluetooth. There is also a dedicated plug-in outlet for certain personal music devices and smartphones that do not use USB or Bluetooth connections.
Once the smartphone is connected, personal playlists, photo galleries, phone books, videos and other stored media and data, such as a special navigation app, can be accessed through the touch-screen. The seven-inch color-touch-screen infotainment system is produced by LG Electronics.
Safety is a priority, which is why the station wagon is fitted with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution, and six front and rear airbags. The Cruze sedan, like five other Chevrolet carlines, has been awarded a five-star safety rating by the European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP).
Status: March 2012