Chevy Reveals 2011 Cruze Ahead of LA Auto Show

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

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.

The Cruze's 'Vette inspired interior

The Cruze's 'Vette inspired interior

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.

The show will be ripe with exciting debuts, including the world debuts of the latest (and possibly last) Dodge Viper, the Cadillac CTS Coupe and the Porsche Boxster Spyder.

North American debuts will include the new Buick Regal, Ford Fiesta, Mazda 2, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sorento and Volvo C30.

Los Angeles will also host some sweet exotics, in the form of the North American debut of the Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI, Lexus LF-A, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

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?



  1. Just another resized copy of the Malibu. Six opportunities lost to sell some fresh (and different) styling. Instead, GM goes back to the cookie-cutter brand management style that produced those hilarious ads of the confused car valet confusing the near-identical GM vehicles.
    Just pick your size:
    tiny: Aveo-bu
    Small: Cruze-abu
    Regular: Mali-bu
    Regular-plus: Impala-bu
    Large: Equinox-abu
    extra-large: traverse-abu

    The real danger sign here is that the only different-looking new vehicle that Chevy has introduced recently is the Camaro, and that’s a restyled version of the original.

    GM is doomed with this kind of thinking.

  2. This is a Holden Cruz out here. But it comes with a 2litre turbo diesel which outperforms all the petrol engines and is more economical is GM US too stupid to include that motor.

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