I’m hoping the pictures just don’t do it justice.
The official images of the 2011 Cruze released by Chevrolet don’t look all that earth-shattering to me. But then again, it’s not the looks that Chevy needed to work on when designing the replacement for the Cobalt. It’s the less-than-stellar refinement, interior quality and driving responsiveness that needed major doses of awesome.
That’s exactly what Chevy promises to deliver with the Cruze. According to GM’s press release:
Cruze’s bold design cues and attention to detail carry over to the interior, where a Corvette-inspired twin-cockpit motif is matched with high-quality materials and exceptional assembly tolerances. Grained, soft-touch components and low-gloss trim panels exude a quality that is uncommon in the segment.
That sounds pretty good. Pair that new level of interior quality with a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (or a 1.8-liter normally aspirated four) and the Cruze, which is based on the same platform as the Chevy Volt, should deliver at least a little driving fun while returning up to 40 mpg on the highway.
The Cruze, which has been available overseas for nearly a year, officially debuts in North American form at this week’s LA Auto Show.
I’m hoping this show signals the return of some swagger to the U.S. car show circuit, which limped through the second half of 2008 and 2009. Considering even the Chevy Cobalt replacement is showing promise, I think the odds of a grand slam show are good. Stay tuned for photos and highlights!
How does the new Chevy Cruze look to you? Anything else from LA look promising?