Holden has today announced that local production of the Holden Cruze will cease at the end of 2016. While it's the end of local manufacturing for Cruze, it won't be the end of the Cruze nameplate in Australia, or the small car segment for Holden.
During a recent press conference, Holden let slip that the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze sedan, which goes on sale in the USA during the first half of 2016, will replace the Holden Cruze sedan that is currently built in Australia, while the Astra hatch will fill the Cruze hatch void.
The Cruze sedan will service Holden's small sedan segment, while the European-sourced Astra will cover the hatch portion of Holden's local segment.
While the company is yet to confirm whether the Cruze will be sourced from the USA or China, it's expected that by the time it rolls around to Australia the Cruze will be built in South Korea.
What can we expect in terms of technology? The 2017 Holden Cruze comes with a new version of MyLink that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a 4G WiFi hotspot that's capable of connecting up to seven devices.
A 4.2-inch colour screen between the speedometer and tachometer will offer trip computer details, while a larger 7.0- or 8.0-inch screen will exist for infotainment depending on model.
Engine power comes in the form of a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 113kW of power and 240Nm of torque. It will be available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and will boast a 0-100km/h time of around 8.0 seconds.
The structure of the 2017 Holden Cruze is said to be 27 per cent stiffer than the current model, along with 24kg lighter and up to 113kg liger for some models in the range.
The claimed fuel consumption figure is 5.9L/100km, helped by the use of an automatic stop/start feature. There will also be a diesel model, which is likely to be available for the Australian market, but exact details are still unknown.
Holden sales director Peter Keley told CarAdvice that he was quite confident that sales of the new model would far outstrip sales of the Australian produced Cruze.
“We will sell more Cruze with the next-generation after we have closed [our factory] than we sold last month.
“… Cruze is at the end of its product cycle, we will replace the vehicle and sell more cars than we do today,” he said.
The new Holden Astra will fill the Holden Cruze hatch void and will launch in Australia at the end of 2016, with the Holden Cruze sedan to follow in 2017. You can read our review of the new Astra below.
CarAdvice will keep you posted as more information comes to hand.
Do you like the look of the 2017 Holden Cruze? Do you think that it will be well placed as a replacement for the Australian built Cruze?
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