Aug 24, 2008

Chevrolet Cruze to replace Optra in India by 2010!

General Motors is now ready with the all-new Chevrolet Cruze, a mid-size sedan that is likely to replace the Chevrolet Optra or the Optra Magnum in the ASEAN market by mid-2010. The Cruze will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show in October this year.

The Chevy Cruze is a very significant car for GM and will be sold in markets across the world. Although it will go on sale in March 2009 across Europe first. The engine options are going to be aplenty with entry level model featuring a 1.6 Litre 112 bhp petrol engine, a 140 bhp 1.8 Litre petrol and 2.0 Litre 150 bhp common rail turbocharged diesel. The car will come with either a 5 or a 6 Speed manual transmission.

The Chevrolet Cruze will use GM's revamped Delta 2 platform, an architecture that all GM small cars will use worldwide. In fact, the Cruze’s design language is also likely to be used on all chevy cars. If launched in India (and we’re sure that will happen!), the Cruze is likely to be available with 1.6- and 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines, with the latter being very fuel efficient.

In India, GM could take on the new Corolla Altis and revised Honda Civic with the Cruze. The Optra may either be phased out, or GM may choose to continue with base-model variants as cheaper options for those who can’t afford a Cruze.

The car is expected to come to India late next year and given its combination of striking looks and the option of a powerful diesel engine, it looks like a winner already. We just hope GM prices it correctly.


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