There are two unhealthy information within the lineup of up to date Chevrolet small automobiles introduced at the moment. Three in the event you’re a fan of the Sonic. You see, the automaker does not point out both the Sonic or the Impala in all the 2019 mannequin insanity – which believes a report claiming GM plans to drop each fashions. It is uncommon for an automaker to spend money on a 11th hour refresh of a mannequin it desires to kill.
Positive, the final replace to the Sonic was for the 2017 mannequin yr, a yr later than the introduction of the present era Malibu, Cruze and Spark. Possibly it is simply not due but. However the Impala has taken its bow for the 2014 mannequin yr and there’s nonetheless no phrase of an replace or redesign.
The opposite unhealthy factor will solely be felt by lovers of the three-pedal life-style. What we reported in December is now confirmed: The Chevrolet Cruze is totally computerized for 2019. It is time to cross one other inexpensive guide automotive off a shrinking record.
For the 2019 mannequin yr, the Cruze sees adjustments in look within the entrance and for some within the rear. A barely bigger – and positively wider – grille adorns his face, flanked by simplified fake inlets. It seems much less wrinkled and jammed and is arguably an enchancment over the 2018 mannequin. LED chases encompass the headlights. On premium Premier fashions, LED accent lighting adorn the taillights.
Apparently, GM felt that it did not take a lot work, and this reviewer is inclined to agree.
Whereas nothing seems to be altering in regards to the out there engines – GM’s turbocharged 1.4-liter fuel four-cylinder and 1.6-liter turbo-diesel return for 2019 – the gearbox structure sees a very unhappy deletion. I say this as a guide Cruze proprietor who enjoys the vibrancy a stick can add to an in any other case yawning small automotive.
Chevrolet spokesman Nick Morgan confirmed Cruze’s loss of life at TTAC this morning. “Handbook transmissions made up 2 % of all Cruze gross sales,” he wrote in an electronic mail. Morgan’s quantity applies to fashions offered in the US.
This might be a shock
Curmudgeon Driving lovers on this a part of the forest. A GM vendor I spoke to lately was shocked on the potential elimination of the guide Cruze and advised your creator that between 10 and 15 % of the Cruze fashions offered of their retailer go away the three-pedal lot. In Montreal, he mentioned, the take price is over 20 %. (I could must buy groceries quickly.)
Within the absence of the transmission, the prevailing six-speed computerized is sustained in addition to the nine-speed computerized, which is related to the diesel mill. (In the event you lose the guide, the diesel’s most gasoline economic system on the freeway will drop from 52 to 47 MPG.)
Chevrolet is outwardly trying to capitalize in the marketplace share gained from the addition of hatchback and diesel fashions final yr. These autos drew extra patrons away from different manufacturers. Steve Majoros, director of selling for Chevrolet automobiles and crossovers, mentioned in a press release that 53 % of Cruze patrons have been new to the model in 2017.
On condition that 20 % of the 2017 Cruze quantity got here from the hatch mannequin, GM took a rung down and provided a five-door LS trim in 2019. All fashions have a 7-inch touchscreen with Chevy’s newest infotainment system in addition to new wheel designs, a brand new inside colour (Umber) and normal computerized local weather management and a distant begin for LT and Premier panels. Security options now out there embrace pedestrian braking and computerized ahead braking at low velocity.
The RS bundle returns, providing patrons darkened moldings and badges and 17- and 18-inch wheels.
Whereas the Cruze elevated its market share in compact automobiles final yr, it did so in a declining phase. GM offered 184,751 Cruze sedans and hatches in 2017, in comparison with the mannequin’s excessive water mark of 273,060 autos in 2014. In March, the Cruze posted a 13.Four % year-over-year drop in gross sales, with quantity within the first three months of 2018 decreased 26.1 % in comparison with the identical interval final yr.
(Replace: Excellent news for Canucks – As a result of its better reputation, the six-speed guide might be retained in 2019. Cruze fashions might be offered north of the border. We try to determine the transmission’s switch price and can replace this publish after we hear.)
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