This isn’t the all-new Cruze. Shown at the 2015 Expo, the 2017 (love these monikers) Cruze has just about made its global debut but won’t come to India anytime soon. What we get instead is a minor facelift that gives the now aging Cruze an extra lease till the new one comes out.
Will it turn heads?
The problem lies in the way the boffins at Chevrolet design centre have gone around effecting this change. Gone are the earlier clean, muscular lines and enter chrome lined grille’s and fog lamp inserts. The redesigned bumper adds a sporty touch and gets DRL’s and projector fog lamps. The headlamps surprisingly make do with a regular, halogen bulb setup. The rear gets a subtle boot lip spoiler and that sums up the exterior facelift. Overall the earlier design with its clean lines seemed to age gracefully and the new facelift actually manages to make the Cruze look dated. Irony.
The main change in the interiors is the MyLink infotainment system lifted off the newly launched Chevrolet Trailblazer which lets you connect your iPhone to access Siri, voice messages, calls and the de-rigueur iPod. The touch screen interface though does not feel as intuitive and could have done with a simpler interface. The AC controls can be accessed via touch screen but you’ll prefer the conventional dials as reaching out to the screen requires extra dexterity. The seats are comfortable but the cabin can feel a bit small for the segment.