Official images and details of the 2015 Cruze come just days after CarAdvice captured spy shots of the updated Australian-made small car testing alongside a new Corsa VXR hot-hatch.
The 2015 Holden Cruze gets upper and lower grilles split by a thick, body-colour beam with a Holden badge that’s smaller than before, mirroring the face of the US-spec Cruze that was released last year.
The lower fascia has also been redesigned, with selected variants getting horizontal LED daytime running lights beneath the headlights and a chrome blade arching beneath the grille and foglights.
Holden has axed the 103kW/200Nm 1.4-litre turbo petrol and 120kW/360Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel engines from the range "as part of a complexity reduction task", leaving just the naturally aspirated 104kW/175Nm 1.8-litre petrol engine in the Equipe, CD and CDX variants, and the 132kW/230Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol in the SRi and SRi-V sports models.
The Z-Series and SRi Z-Series variants have also been dropped from the simplified range, while a CDX sedan trim has joined the line-up.
The Cruze Equipe upgrades to 17-inch alloy wheels and exterior mirrors with turn signals, while the sporty Cruze SRi gets these along with the LED DRLs and foglights.
The Cruze SRi-V benefits from new 18-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, suede seat inserts, and remote start, which allows owners to start their car remotely to turn on the climate control to heat or cool the car before getting in.
The Cruze CDX upgrades to satellite navigation with voice command and live traffic updates.
The changes apply initially to the locally produced sedan and hatchback body styles. The Cruze wagon will get a similar update in March.
Prices of the 2015 Holden Cruze Equipe, CD and CDX are unchanged, while the SRi and SRi-V variants increase by $250.
2015 Holden Cruze pricing (before on-road costs):
Equipe 1.8 manual $19,890 (unchanged)
Equipe 1.8 auto $22,090 (unchanged)
CDX 1.8 auto (sedan only) $24,840
SRi 1.6 manual $23,140 (+$250)
SRi 1.6 auto $25,340 (+$250)
SRi-V 1.6 manual $27,140 (+$250)
SRi-V 1.6 auto $29,340 (+$250)
Sportwagon (on sale March)
CD 1.8 auto $24,090 (unchanged)
CDX 1.8 auto $26,840 (unchanged)