The new Holden Cruze line-up comprises just three trim variants in each body style, with the base Equipe containing, and joined by revised Z-Series and SRi-Z variants.
The latest, and probably final, iteration of Australia’s only locally-made small car, will tide Holden over until the new-generation Korean-made Cruze sedan arrives - likely in 2017.
The updated Cruze Equipe gets a new 17-inch alloy wheel design and the option of a new hero colour, Slipstream Blue. It retains the familiar 1.8-litre petrol engine with 104kW/175Nm with the choice of five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
It remains one of the cheapest small cars you can buy, priced from $19,890 plus on-road costs, or an extra $2200 for the auto.
Next up is the 1.8 Z-Series, priced at $22,640 ($2200 extra for the auto).
This version adds new 17-inch alloys, a rear spoiler, a seven-inch touchscreen with MyLink, Siri voice recognition, leather-appointed seats, push-button start and a reverse-view camera. There are also Z-Series mats, sill plates and badges.
The range-topping SRi-Z replaces the SRi-V. It adds 18s, alloy pedals and Z-Series trims, as well as a body kit and sports suspension. It also sports the more powerful 132kW/230Nm 1.6 turbo engine with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
Its $27,140 price (an extra $2200 for the auto) matches the old SRi-V variant.
Holden is promising to offer “aggressive driveaway pricing”. All Holdens also get lifetime capped-price servicing.
2016 Holden Cruze RRP:
- Cruze Equipe, 1.8 litre (MT), sedan and hatch — $19,890
- Cruze Equipe, 1.8 litre (AT), sedan and hatch — $22,090
- Cruze Z-Series, 1.8 litre (MT), sedan and hatch — $22,640
- Cruze Z-Series, 1.8 litre (AT), sedan and hatch — $24,840
- Cruze SRi-Z, 1.6 litre (MT), sedan and hatch — $27,140
- Cruze SRi-Z, 1.6 litre (AT), sedan and hatch — $29,340