Locally produced Holden Cruze spied

Our spy photographer has been busy hunting down Holden's latest creation.
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While it's no secret that Holden is developing a locally produced version of the Cruze, the engine variants are still being kept secret.

The Holden Cruze is currently imported from Korea and has been a sales success for the Australian manufacturer. The revised Cruze will be produced alongside Holden's Commodore at the South Australian plant.

Holden is set to expand the Cruze lineup with the addition of a hatch, along with a number of new engines. The new range is expected to be priced from just under $20,000 to around $42,000 with the top-end reserved for a 'hot-hatch' version.

According to the engine number assigned to the vehicle spied in the pictures, it uses a 1.9-litre four-cylinder engine. This could either be the turbocharged 'hot-hatch' variant being tested, or it could also be a revised version of the naturally aspirated 1.8-litre petrol engine.

The revised Cruze range is set to go head-to-head with the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, Mazda Mazda3, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus.

Holden will also attempt a fuel-efficient version of the Cruze, which is likely to feature a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine - similar to that seen in the European Opel Astra, which currently consumes 5.9L/100km and produces 103kW, seeing it pip the equivalent petrol powered Volkswagen Golf.

In addition to the new lineup of engines, the locally produced Cruze will see some styling revisions at the front and rear. A new front fascia (with revised grille) and a newly designed front bumper bar and fog light clusters will work in unison with new wheel designs and a revised rear to revitalise the successful Cruze.

We will keep you posted as more information comes to hand.

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