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In 2017, the Chevrolet Cruze received two key updates: the arrival of the hatchback body and the return of the Cruze Diesel sedan. For 2018, those additions will combine with the hatchback gaining its own diesel engine, but not much else.

We expect the Cruze’s outward appearance to remain virtually unchanged when the 2018 model makes its debut. This will continue inside, where the Cruze will continue with its ample leg room, roomy trunk and hatch area, and great looks.

Standard equipment should also remain the same, which shouldn’t pose a problem since the Cruze is relatively well-equipped with 15-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a rearview camera.

Under its hood, the 2018 Cruze will continue with its standard 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. This engine will come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while a six-speed auto will be available as an option.

The optional 1.6-liter diesel engine, which will also be available in the hatchback model in 2018, will crank out 137 hp and an impressive 240 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission will be a six-speed manual, and the optional trans will be a nine-speed automatic.

Chevy Cruze

The IIHS hasn’t finished testing the 2017 Cruze yet, but in the two tests it’s completed – the moderate-overlap and side tests – it received good ratings. Opting for the optional Driver Confidence and Driver Confidence II packages add more advanced safety features, like rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, auto high beams, forward collision warning and lane-departure intervention.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

We expect the 2018 Cruze to start production in August, which would put it on showroom floors in September 2017.

Official 2018 pricing will be almost completely unchanged from the 2017 model. The Cruze L will continue to start at $17,850 with destination, making it one of the most affordable small cars on paper. However, shoppers should be aware that the L is rarely stocked and almost always excluded from promotions.

In reality, shoppers are more likely to find the LS or LT versions on dealer lots, which start at $20,400 and $22,325 when equipped with automatic transmissions. As usual, expect to see a variety of cashback and lease incentives on the Cruze.

One thing worth noting is that the 2018 Cruze LT Manual Sedan will be getting a $695 price increase, bringing it within $395 of the hatchback. Previously, the styles were separated by $1,090. See below for a full list of prices.

2018 Cruze Sedan Pricing

Vehicle TrimMSRPChange vs. 2017
L Manual$17,850No Change>
LS Manual$19,400No Change
LS Automatic$20,400No Change
LT Manual$21,720$695 Increase
LT Automatic$22,325No Change
Premier Automatic$24,350No Change

2018 Cruze Hatchback Pricing

Vehicle TrimMSRPChange vs. 2017
LT Manual$22,115No Change
LT Automatic$22,795No Change
Premier Automatic$24,820No Change

Key competition for the 2018 Cruze will include the Honda Civic, Mazda Mazda3 and the Toyota Corolla.

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Pictured: 2017 Cruze

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