Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon 2013 Review
At this year's Geneva Auto Show Chevrolet revealed a brand new addition to the Cruze family which will join the Sedan and the Hatchback in Europe later this year. Dubbed the Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon, the new model is just as its name suggests, a family car that delivers a roomy interior but strives to remain modern-looking and attractive to younger generations.
The new Cruze will come with a wide range of engine variants as well, including the 1.6 and 1.8 liter gasoline engines currently found on the ongoing sedan and hatchback models. Besides the 1.6 and 1.8, the Wagon will also offer a choice between a new 1.4 liter turbo engine running on gasoline, and two diesel engines including a 1.7 liter and an improved 2.0 liter unit.
In terms of design the Station Wagon differentiates itself from the rest of the bunch not only due to its obvious wagon shape, but because it undergone a mild facelift as well. Notable changes include a couple of more vertical fog lamp housings and a slightly redesigned lower front splitter. Furthermore the Station Wagon is also three inches longer than the sedan and offers 1500 liters of cargo space when the rear bench is folded.
Overall, on the interior there's the same story as with the exterior and offers only a few slight changes on the center console, but what separates it from its siblings is that it will also offer the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system featuring a 7-inch high-resolution full-color touch-screen as well as USB and Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming, wireless control and voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capabilities.
The Chevrolet Cruze Station Wagon 2013 is set to get launched in select European countries in July, with an autumn being planned for the UK. As far as pricing goes nothing has been revealed so far but with the launch of the car in the UK new information regarding the matter is bound to surface soon enough. Since there are not so many other alternatives on this market segment, except perhaps the Ford C Max or the Skoda Yeti, the Cruze SW might be quite successful if the price is right. Unfortunately the Station Wagon will most than likely not be available in the US.
- Cruze station wagon makes world debut
- Youth concepts Code 130R and Tru 140S: next gen buyers give input
- Launch of Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with smartphone integration
New models, exciting concepts and the latest in infotainment technology are the hallmarks of Chevrolet's presence at the 82nd International Geneva Motor Show, which opens to the public on March 8, 2012.
The major attraction on the Chevrolet stand in Hall 1 is the Cruze station wagon, which will make its world debut. Two youth concept cars – the Code 130R and Tru 140S – make it to European shores for the first time while the future of on-board infotainment will be displayed in the form of Chevrolet MyLink.
Cruze station wagon makes world debut
The station wagon complements the existing Cruze line-up and has a natural appeal to families and people who want a compact car with more carrying space to fit an active lifestyle.
A choice of five powertrains will be available for the entire Cruze line-up as of summer 2012. A new 1.4L turbo gasoline engine, a new 1.7L diesel and an improved 2.0L diesel engine will complete the powertrain offer alongside the current 1.6L and 1.8L gasoline engines. All engines are Euro 5-compliant.
New equipment and features on the Cruze include keyless entry and start, rear view camera, Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system (see below) and start-stop functionality depending on trim and engine choice.
Youth concepts Code 130R and Tru 140S: next-gen buyers asked to give input
Chevrolet has launched a program to involve young people in the design of future cars. Two concepts born from this dialogue are the Code 130R and Tru 140S, which will make their first appearance in Europe at the Geneva Motor Show.
The turbocharged Code 130R is a rear-wheel-drive four-seat coupe with an upright profile while the front-wheel-drive Tru 140S is an affordable exotic four-seat sport coupe. Inside the concepts, connectivity enables motorists to personalize their cars, a critical element for the current and future youth generations.
The British designers of the concepts, Nicholas David and Joe Baker from GM's North Hollywood Design Center, will attend the event to explain how the cars were created following the styling and functionality this group of new buyers says they want in a car.
During the Geneva Motor Show, hostesses will be waiting, iPads in hand, to listen to European youths who will also be able to have their say concerning what they want from a car, and what elements of connectivity and functionality should be included.
Launch of Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with smartphone integration
Chevrolet MyLink, the brand's new infotainment system, seamlessly integrates motorists' personal devices, such as smartphones, and transforms their car into their own docking station.
Chevrolet MyLink includes a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen that makes media selection easy to navigate. The system aggregates content from smartphones onto the display via a USB Aux-in or Bluetooth.
It adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smartphones, building on the voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capability already offered in several Chevrolet models today. The technology will be available with the Cruze and Aveo in summer 2012.