Chevrolet – a General Motor company with the help of the newly appointed distributor Naza, has launched a all-new 4 door compact sedan in our Malaysia market. Named as Chevrolet Cruze here and most of the country. Chevrolet Malaysia has brought in the CBU ( from Korean) 1.8 Liter Chevrolet Cruze LT with a 6 speed automatic transmission gearbox. Our Cruze is built in Korean and if you ever wonder why – GM acquire Daewoo about 10 years back, since then certain Daewoo vehicle has been rebrand as Chevrolet in other countries. As for the Chevrolet Cruze in Korea, it is known as Daewoo Lacetti Premiere.
The front of the Chevrolet Cruze looks aggressive, muscular with it’s distinctive Chevrolet’s bow-tie which gives the car a whole continental class of looks. The Chevrolet Cruze design looks significant as compare to other previous Chevrolet models. The company claims Cruze will drive the new styling strategy from the company. Cruze is the first instance utilizing the new GM’s Delta II platform, which will be share too in the upcoming new Opel/Vauxhall Astra. The details front headlamp is designed to jive together with the front fascia styling of the Cruze. Although it does lose out a little bit in terms equipment when compare to continental cars, as it’s not a projector lamp neither with HID. However, the overall front styling of Chevrolet Cruze has compromised that.
Chevrolet Malaysia picked up the blue with black, 2 tone interior for the 1st variant of Chevrolet Cruze LT. The most unique part of the interior would be the blue wrapped fabric on the dashboard. I couldn’t recall any car in this class range has this idea in interior styling. It’s not something expensive to deliver but it is something special on this Cruze. The seats and door panel are also 2-toned to complete the overall blue matching black interior look. The center console panel design is properly design with sense of futuristic but without over doing it – it reminds of the pre-painted Iron Man suit. Chrome dials on the far left and right air con vents and also the meter gauges give the Cruze a little of classy-european styling. We were told there might be a full black interior or a grey/black interior in the future, but we thinks that this blue with black styling is distinctive.
Everything seems to look fine as we look through it and we went to find out more about the Cruze when it’s alive. We got the remote and at 1st thought, we mistaken it as a keyless entry remote. The Bow-tied remote has a foldable-flip key within it and we notice here there’s also trunk release here. As we drove the car i can’t help by molesting the Cruze interior because it was the 1st time i experience with a fabric dash. Everything else was properly build and in-place. The ride was quiet & comfortable as we cruise around. The 3 point – steering design is nice and equipped audio controls. As we turn into corners, there was abit more body roll than the Honda Civic. In straights, we floored the pedal to see how well the Cruze can perform.