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.
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.