Looks like a worthwhile improvement.Hopefully 1.4 turbo has significantly more poke than the 1.8.
SRi-V should have 18″ wheels.
Now if they can just give the Commodore a decent visual update.
“Now if they can just give the Commodore a decent visual update”
The Commodore has always suffered because of the regular updates it’s had to endure in the past. This time, GMH has done the right thing, (by the consumer) by making only marginal changes, where needed.
People don’t feel cheated anymore, because their brand new Commodore has been heavily revised within 3yrs of ownership. The bane of every Commodore owner, has always been the constant updates & face-lifts of models past.
GMH finally addresses this issue because of their new ground-up design of the VE, & people now complain? The VE is a handsome vehicle that delivers the goods anyway.
And as they say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
Agree, Commodore looks well dated. Even upon release.
You sure your name isn’t The Blindman?
Those diesel specs look very appealing. Kudos to Holden for finally embracing diesel in a locally built small car. It’ll be interesting to see how it compares with the Golf TDI, Mazda 3 MZR-CD e.t.c.
A subtle but nice looking update of the Cruze, hopefully it will be even more successful as an Australian made product.
Subtle and nice??? Ironically the grill changes make it look more like a Korean car than it did before.
with 70% of imported parts i say it would
Thats so true princess…and they, Holden, have copied the ‘eyebrow over the foglight’ idea from the Falcon XR’s????@!!!!Whats up with that???
Well Done Holden. Now this is what a Series II should be. Its actually quite ironic that their Korean import Series II jobs received more effort than their local offerings. Anyway, i’m definitely trading my Cruze in for the SRi-V, as even at 30k, its very good value. The only other car in that price range in its class that comes close is the Lancer. Good Job Holden!
I think Holden are onto a winner here. The 1.4T’s specs are quite impressive, although the power and torque figures aren’t overly high they are at low revs which should really enhance the driveability. Combined with the low fuel consumption this will go down well with Joe Public.
The style looks better too, at the front. The rear still looks a a bit Korea circa 1995 but it’s okay.
Looking forward to the hatch version of the SRi, could be my next car!
Gee, the SRI versions are just crying for the diesel option.. 360NM of torque, come on Holden give us this engine in the sporty variants!
Wow. Am I missing something here? The SRI doesn’t even look moderately sporty and the base model actually looks like an Epica from the front. The decent engines are also all lifted straight from the Opel Astra.
You are not missing anything, your just reading too far into it. The turbo in this instance doesn’t signify performance, rather economy ala Golf and others. The performance model has been rumoured to find its place when the hatch lobs later in the year, with a 1.6 litre turbo, or possibly a tweaked version of the Astra engine.
Hmmm. I think I’ll wait for the new Astra. It actually looks the part.
Fair enough each to their own. But remember, you’ll be paying Golf like prices, for Golf like equipment levels, for a car that is for all intensive purposes the same mechanically.
Is Holden using Direct Injection or the Turbocharger/SC combination in there engines? 7 Speed DSG Gearboxes or similar? Mechanically the same would be correct if you meant 4 Cylinders.
You’re also paying for VW Quality/Materials.
I still think VW is over priced but there is no denying the difference in build quality./interior materials quality.
I was referring to the Astra, and how it would be Golf like, but the Cruze could be had for less and be much the same as the Astra. Sorry should have clarified.
For all intents and purposes.
Cant agree more… that front end is hideous, not to mention the alloys that looks like leftover designs from the commodore…
Instead of doing what this car needed.. an engine and power upgrade, they offer other variants but keep the slug petrol engine.
Did you read the article? There are two new engines, new suspension, more technology, better efficiency, more power, more torque and just a better car all round.
yeah read the article that says the 1.8 petrol engine is carried over from series 1… Everyone one would agree this engine is a slug. Not everyone wants a diesel or turbo engine.
SO what do you want. A 1.8 that has less power, torque and drinks more fuel, solely for the sake of saying its a 1.8 liter.
My thoughts exactly terry , its been softened and looks like the epica .
So called sports , ba ba , intelligent turbo hahaa , have they made a great discovery that the rest of the car world has missed .
Pathetic effort for a sports model .
Thats a joke of performance model
Think of it as an alternative trim selection, like SV6 and XR6, and you won’t be disappointed.
If you are not dissapointed by a ‘sports’ version that has a 1.4 that makes peak power at 4900rpm – you should buy the pov pack instead.
looks good, but sports model power figures dont look too impressive (bring on the HSV versions)
Good luck if Holden can sell enough of these to make the project worthwhile.
Don’t understand why the Brumby government gave so much money to Toyota to build Camry hybrids in Melbourne when clearly a diesel is a much better option for the regular punter. HALF the fuel consumption of a Commodore, in a package that is big enough for most people, for under 30K, would have to be a winning package.
These cars have been selling like hot cakes overseas for some time now…
A marked improvement over the previous model. Impressive features too.
I wait with baited breath to see if Holden’s consumption claims will remotely live up to expectations or if it’s the typical marketing BS I’ve come to expect from them.
Well done Holden, finally decent, up to date drive trains at a price that make VW’s look like the rip off they are!
Joke , decent drive trains , VW creams this line up in performance and economy .
Boring colours , boring mags , will suit the publuc servants and pensioners .
vw should ‘cream’ this line up with the extra $10 000- 15 000 you’d be paying.
You didn’t mention quality, obviously must seen some of the early south african built golfs.
On a measure of ‘Real’ quality, this so called Daewoo has walked all over VW for reliability and faults per car.
They do not leak in the rain either like many VW’s!
Sad is’nt it?
That leaves Volkswagens for the pretentious wankers then?
At least the Cruze will last 100000km’s without a major drive line failure! Broken camshafts anyone?
One thing I can’t get over is that black plastic triangle in the rear quarter that’s trying to pretend it’s glass. Either put some glass there or extend the sheetmetal!
I’ve just visualised it without, and I’m right with you on that one. Visually, it would link it to Commodore.
Huh? Still no auto climate control even in top spec model?? And with the new 1.4T engine, why even bother continuing with the 1.8L engine? Why not have the 1.4T in all models?
Fleets prefer more fuel efficient vehicles, making the 1.4T more suitable.
That may be washed out with initial purchase price/discounting, servicing cost. I agree the 1.8 is a POS and needs to go!
Why oh why cant they put the diesel into the SRI-V as an option and price it at 31,990. Nothing would come close to it at that price. Just read the SRI-V standard kit, very impressive.
Would buy a diesel SRI-V, none of the others are of interest
The styling changes look great, and the SRI-V is good value, especially in manual form. Overall i think the Mazda 3 should watch its back sales wise, as the Cruze is already doing well as a Korean made car, it should do even better now. It’s sales performance should become even better once the hatch is available…
Big hooray for the local industry.. well done GMH!
Not a bad looking car before, even better now… Like the new grille on the SRi-V.
The only thing that I’m not so convinced about the car is the naming policy of the colour pallettes available:
If I was in the market for one, these names are enough to put me off.. looks like the product planners / marketers have been overdoing the testosterone pills while coming up with these names.
Imagine the conversation you’ll have with your mates in the pub.. “ah nice car, what colour is that?”; “originally i ordered Nitrate but the missus wants a Sizzle, turns out they’re both unavailable so we agreed on Voodoo”.
I feel like having a shower now.. with Lynx Snake Peel.. then drink a bottle of Powerade Mountain Blast…
They’re using the Commodore paint
Fancy your P76 in Hairy Lime? Nothing was impossible, back in 1973.
The BMC (Leyland) colour chart options were huge, with around 10 shades of whites and creams alone. Love the old Pastel colours!
SRi-V diesel please! 120kW and 360Nm sounds pretty good to me and there’s finally a six-speed manual! Good work Holden for once.
I get the feeling there will be an SRI diesel in a few months, because Holden didn’t offer a CDX diesel at the initial launch, yet did a few months later.
I must admit, I’m a Ford guy. But dammit, this should have been Ford announcing their “locally-made” Focus. Instead they chose to put a dopey 4-cylinder into the Falcon.
I’ll put my license on the line in saying this. Give this car 12 months, and watch it become Oz’s best selling car. Not that it is, but Holden’s aggresive marketing and if HSV get their hands on it (which I’m fearing they will), this will fly off the showroom floors.
smart comments from a ford fan
wish there was more like you Jeev!
What – fake Ford fans paid by Holden’s marketing gestapo? Get real.
thanks for proving the point
(whats with the gestapo fetish?)
Meanwhile, we are still waiting for the ‘smart comment’ from a Holden fan. Could be a while yet ……..!
The 1.4 reaches peak power at 4900rpm so its obviously an econo engine with a tiny turbo – why then is it put into the ‘sports’ variants? Someone didnt read the Daewoo Ikea catalogue properly. Give it 5 years and we’ll see Camira MkIV
You’re a bit late today Robin, what happen your Reliable White Corolla breakdown or something?
You’re really miffed that a significant number of body panels and interior plastics are actually made here. I can tell.
Yeah I am miffed, that my tax dollars went into propping up this Daewoo Camira inbred child. A few body panels and a few clip on seat belt retaining bolt covers and an ashtray lid, thanks for the value for money gubbernman. If you laid out all the pieces ‘made’ here it wouldnt take long to get to 1500. What about the seats, instrument cluster, wiring loom, ECU, manifolds, suspension, brakes – all Daewoo. Typical Holdem smoke and mirrors and the sheep take it like gospel.
I really think you just need to get over it and start accepting that business is business. Korea is where GM has chosen to manufacture the bulk of its small cars outside of Europe, and this year’s purge of the current Barina and Epica will see off the last of anything unworthy. Your Holdenwoo jibes are becoming as dated as last week’s bread. And as difficult to digest.
Holden will end up exporting this to other RHD markets, so whats your problem?
I would rather my tax dollars go toward any form of manufacturing rather than some corrupt NBN deal and the continual handouts to the unemployed bludgers!
Work it out Robin, whatever the government hands out, its more than verified with the return of tax with newly created jobs and business! Having a top 5 selling car also helps its case!
A bit rich you complaining about your tax dollars helping Holden. When you claim the only Aussie made cars you have ever owned were rust prone old Valiants. So that means that white auto Festiva with ring smoke you drive isn’t contributing 1 cent to our country. BTW i bet your just $h!tty because someone smoked you @ the traffic lights in a diesel Cruze.
I dont have a problem with Korean cars – from Hyundai and Kia. What I dont like is this Aussie made propaganda BS AND paying for the privilege thru taxes.
Those ‘rust prone’ Valiants were far superior cars to their Holden equivalents, but as usual the moronic drones bought out all the usual chestnuts, “wog chariot” etc – the 265 smoked quite a few 308 commodores and boy, did the sheep bleet.
Cruze Series II looks better than ever. 3 new engines, new visual changes & sharp pricing makes this a very appealing car & I love the red Cruze version. Prepare To die Mazda 3 & Toyota Corolla :D:D:D:D GO HOLDEN!
Ahh Byron, I actually visited this post especially to see what you had posted. And you didn’t disappoint!
Umm NO. I’m entitled to my own opinion & so are you xD
Put some chev badges on ‘n stuff ‘n do some reverse donuts down the shops ‘n stuff – how kewl.
Not wanting to upset anyone here or be sarcastic, but does the front of this Cruze look a little like the front of a Skoda Octavia?
why wave a red flag at the trolls???
It looks like all the lobotomised holden drones are all over this article, pretty sad they get all excited by a Daewoo glued together in Adelaide. Simple things amuse simple minds.
your responses get more and more meaningless
must been dream what you look like in a gestapo uniform and fishnets
Robyn goose stepping and chanting “Daewoo Daewoo Daewoo”
Quite a picture
Yep every bogan in adelaide is excited because a foreign owned car maker with government subsidies saved their beloved crummer .
All the drivers of European cars will snub there nose at the Cruze.Daewoo jokes,the timing is right to go into local production.The Cruze has already done well,go Holden.GO AUSTRALIAN BUILT VECHLES
I wish they changed the tail light. It looks too similar to honda civic from the rear. It looks awfull!!
Is Bluetooth included on any of the variants?
well that is preferable to slapping falcoon badges on a big american front wheel drive import.
if it takes sharing a line with a small car to save the large Australian RWD car from extinction so be it
Personally I’ll applaud any company that can create manufacturing jobs in Australia
Sorry to burst your Holden fanboy bubble but it’s NOT gonna happen!
Now Holden just need to sort out their “we’ve got your money, now rack off” dealers.
Given the treatment I’ve had, I’m afraid Holden doesn’t stand a chance.
Service? Hand over a bag of gold.
Warranty? They all use oil, sir.
Faded exterior plastic is acceptable at the age of the vehicle (12 months)
The dimples on the roof from installing the DVD? We can’t see them.
Rusted noisey brakes on delivery? We didn’t hear them when we took your money for the pre-delivery (wash).
Come back again, sir?
You missed the one where the apprentice serviced the VX, took it for a test run and siezed the engine. (Apparently they need oil put back in after you drain it??). “Your car had a terminal problem when you brought it in for that routine service sir, we can fit a similar aged one for $3750″. Yeah flying leap and we’ll see you in court.
Every car company has isolated bad dealers. I’ve had dealings with Holden, Mazda and Mitsubishi and in my experience they have been all good for me.
Which presumably deco automatically negates anyones bad experiences.
Like your bad experiences au,tomatically negates Antibes good experiences. Isolated incidences whether good or bad are isolated.
negates anybodies good experiences it meant to say.
hope your listening holden,
steel wheels on the cd(where the korean version are alloys)…fail
upgrated rear suspension only on the 1.4ltr’s..fail
satnav/harddrive only on the top sports model(there is aftermarket ones out there with even more features for $500) not even an option…fail
no standard bluetooth…fail
no diesel sports…fail.
the new grill and non sports model alloy wheels…fail
2.0lts d.i.motor(mazda sky anyone)…fail
bringing back redhot…pass
Disappointing that the so-called ‘sports’ models lack any real punch. Issue is the power outputs of cars these days are increasing and so as not to have other drivers sitting on your ass you need some power. Otherwise looks good.
Lacks punch? with 200nm on tap from 1800ish rpm I’m sure it’ll get along okay. Given the decent price I think it’s a fair sports model until a go-fast version comes along further down the track.
The problem is it wont rev. Power maxes at 4900rpm so anything after that is wasting oxygen. A 1.4lt needs to rev hard to get some volume pumping through it, turbocharged or not. The engine is clearly designed for economy and low down torque, which is fine for an A to B car where it will feel responsive and meaty (unlike the allowtorque 3.0 Crummydore) Its been contrued as a sports engine when its not.
@Adam, that’s exactly what I am saying Adam! A go-fast version is needed but it’s far from a fair sports model, particulary if it’s carrying a weight, plus remember the weight of 4 adults in the car.
Sorry forgot to press the reply…
Well let’s see how the reviews go I think it should perform well compared to the other sporty models in its class. I.e. VRX Lancer, SP25, etc.
My uncle went to Kalgoolie,Bunbury and back in one and only one tank of fuel.