Despite rumors to the contrary, the Cruze
sedan is still scheduled to join the
Chevrolet lineup, according to a General Motors spokesperson. The stylish and affordably priced four-door sedan will make its European debut in early 2009 and go on sale in the U.S in the spring of 2010. Designers aspired to give the Cruze a coupe-like look with a steeply raking windshield and a short rear deck. In Europe, the Cruze will be offered with a 112-horsepower four cylinder engine, a 140-horsepower 1.8 liter or a turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel that makes 150 horsepower and a whopping 320 pound-feet of torque. The U.S. version will get a turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline engine. The same engine, sans the turbo, that will also be used in the Chevy Volt to charge its batteries. The Cruze is based on the same Opel Astra design that's spawned the Saab 9-3 and several others. The vehicle will be produced in Ohio, Russia and South Korea.