The Chevrolet Cruze officially launched in Malaysia by Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak last week.The C-segment global car by General Motors is a fresh start for the Chevrolet brand in Malaysia, which is now handled by sole importer and distributor Pavilion Crest Sdn Bhd, a Naza Group company.The car will retail at RM97,888, excluding insurance and regulatory fees, and will be available in blue, white and red colours.Naza Group joint group executive chairman Datuk Faisal SM Nasimuddin said the group was targetting sales of 1,000 units of the car in the country this year.He also said that Naza would conduct a joint feasibility study with General Motors to determine the viability of establishing a manufacturing and assembly plan in Malaysia.
CHEVROLET CRUZE IN MALAYSIA – SPECIFICATIONS & INFORMATIONS > RM97, 888.
The Chevrolet Cruze which has earned a five-star rating from the European and Australian new car assessment programme (Euro-NCAP and ANCAP), is equipped with a 1.8-litre (1,796cc), four-cylinder power plant featuring Double Continuous Variable Cam Phasing (DCVCP) and Variable Intake System (VIS) to produce 140hp at 6,200rpm and 176Nm of torque at 3,800rpm. Power is delivered to the front wheels via a new, first-in-its-class, sixspeed automatic transmission with a shiftronic function — complete with a shortened shift handle to enhance the car’s sporty look.
The suspension at the front end uses MacPherson struts with an anti-roll bar to keep the car on an even keel and at the rear is a compound crank axle linking the two wheels. The compound crank axle is a patented GM suspension layout which has been around for quite some time. In part, it resembles a torsion beam axle which is favoured by many manufacturers these days because of its simplicity and minimal space intrusion.For wheels, the Cruze has 16x 6.5J alloy wheels shod with 205/60 tyres. The spare wheel is a steel rim but you get a full-sized tyre.
Safety kit includes ABS with EBD, dual airbags and Traction Control. The equipment list also lists a six-disc in-dash changer (factory stereo reads MP3 and has AUX jack, steering buttons), climate control and telescopic steering wheel.
Noise Vibration and Harshness are also claimed to be notably low, thanks to features such as a 4-point mounting system for the engine, formed fiberglass blanket on the underside of the bonnet and a sandwich concept for the bulkhead to reduce transmission of noise into the cabin. The roof lining has a thermal fibre acoustic design with five layers of sound insulation and the thicker carpets are also claimed to more effectively dampen noise and vibration.
Chevrolet Cruze Other Specification:
Body type : Sedan
Seating Capacity: 5
Tyre Size: 205/60 R16
Suspension: McPherson Strut, Mini-Block Coil Spring
Boot Space: 450 litres.
Brakes: Front Disk, Rear Disk
Ground Clearance: 165mm
Dimensions (L x W x H) (4597 x 1788 x 1477)mm
Min turning radius: 5,450mm
Fuel Tank: 60 litres.