Launched in 2009, the Cruze is the Chevrolet brand’s most successful nameplate globally and has sold over 1.3 million units worldwide up to the first quarter of 2012. With the arrival of the much anticipated station wagon variant at dealer showrooms across Europe, Chevrolet will be offering a car that will particularly appeal to families and individuals with an active lifestyle.
Compact cars represent the largest segment in Europe, accounting for about 17 percent of all vehicles sold, of which station wagons in turn constitute a share of around 22 percent. Buyers of station wagons appreciate the extra amounts of space in their cars yet desire the vehicle’s size, performance and overall feel to be comparable to that of a compact hatchback or sedan.
The Chevrolet Cruze station wagon has been designed with these needs and customers’ diverse lifestyles in mind. Its particular blend of features make it an ideal family hauler and vehicle for sports excursions or extended holiday trips. The new station wagon is equally suited to the requirements of the suburban commuter who will enjoy the freedom and flexibility the stylish compact car will bring to his life. For outdoor enthusiasts, Chevrolet will be offering a range of useful accessories.
The station wagon carries forward the sporty design language embodied by the Chevrolet Cruze sedan and hatchback. Its confident posture is emphasized by a “wheels out, body in” stance, a powerful concave shoulder line and a single arch roofline that tapers off toward the D-pillar. The slim roof rails are a standard feature and contribute to the vehicle’s poised looks. A dual-port grille, with the golden bowtie positioned in the center, instantly communicates the station wagon as a Chevrolet. Among the design changes incorporated into all model year 2013 Cruzes are an angular drawn fascia with horizontal slats. The enhanced front bumper with fog lights that are accommodated in newly styled housings accentuates the car’s sporty looks.
The interior features fluid lines and Chevrolet’s signature dual cockpit, with wrap-around front fascia which flow into the driver and passenger door. Cars that come with the brand-new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system will boast a new seven-inch high resolution touch screen located in the integrated center stack. Also, in cars equipped with MyLink or the new base and mid-level radios to be launched on model year 2013 Cruzes (left hand drive markets), the layout of the instrument panel and HVAC outlets next to the radio unit has been re-designed. The small compartment in the upper instrument panel has been moved closer to the radio unit and now also houses USB and aux-in sockets