First revealed in Chevrolet guise in June last year, the new Cruze sedan will be sold alongside the new European-sourced Astra hatch - replacing the previous-generation Cruze hatch and sedan that were produced in Australia until earlier this month.
Above: 2016 Chevrolet Cruze
According to the artist, Opel would normally start testing with a left-hand drive model as opposed to using a right-hook vehicle - which are normally sourced from Vauxhall.
Meulendijk’s interpretation brings the Cruze in line with the new Astra, following the designs of GM’s European models as opposed to the Chevrolet’s range - which are generally sourced from South Korea, though the new Cruze is currently produced in the US and China.
The US-market Cruze is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 113kW of power and 240Nm of torque. GM claims a 0-100km/h of around 8.0 seconds.
Other than the substantial exterior refresh, the new Cruze gains numerous interior and safety upgrades including the new 7.0-inch and 8.0-inch MyLink infotainment systems with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a new 4.2-inch driver’s instrument display, along with 10 airbags (dual front, dual front knee, front side, rear side and curtain), blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist and forward collision mitigation.
Late last year, Holden confirmed the Cruze for the Australian market, with the new sedan expected to launch sometime in early 2017.