While a far cry from the all-new Cruze that will be revealed in Chinese-market specification at the Beijing auto show next week, the facelifted 2015 Chevrolet Cruze - which is built and sold as a Holden in Australia in sedan and hatchback form - sees the integration of some exterior styling cues from the bow-tie brand's Impala large sedan and Malibu mid-sizer.
The news means the current Cruze is expected to live on in its current guise until 2017, putting the minds of Holden employees at the brand's South Australian manufacturing plant at ease for now. However, an all-new global version of the Cruze is expected to debut late in 2014 or early in 2015, and there is currently no clarity on the Australian arm's plans for that car.
Holden's national manager of product communications, Kate Lonsdale, told CarAdvice the brand is committed to building the Cruze and the Commodore until 2017, which indicates the company will introduce these changes to the Cruze later in 2014.
"We're not announcing anything to do with our local Holden Cruze," Lonsdale said. "We don't talk about future product plans."
The facelifted version's front-end styling incorporates a beaked, twin-gap grille, and higher-spec models will come with LED daytime running lights. The headlight surrounds have been remodelled to appear more swept, while the lower bumper is more angular.
The brand says the interior has seen some changes, too, with "more intuitive controls" including revised cupholders, a relocated boot release button, and relocated door lock switches from the centre console to the front doors. Other changes include an update to the app-based 7.0-inch touchscreen media system (known locally as MyLink) with an enhanced voice-control system, alerts to new text messages that can now be read to the driver, and additional USB inputs. US market cars also feature a new 4G WiFi hotspot for up to seven devices when a data-enabled phone is connected.
The US release claims the Cruze "offers more standard safety features than any other car in its class", with 10 airbags (including new knee 'bags for front passengers), while also offering the availability of a blind-spot warning system, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors and a reverse-view camera. It is not expected that the Australian Cruze will introduce additional airbags, instead the local car is likely to continue with its current six airbag count (consisting of dual front, front-side and full-length curtain airbags).
In following the Chevrolet brand's model naming structure as it has with the Colorado 7 and Captiva ranges, Holden may switch from its current Equipe, CD, CDX, SRi and SRi-V names to LS, LT, RS and LTZ.
Stay tuned for more news on the new-look Holden Cruze as it comes to hand.
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