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The 2016 Cruze is all about achieving an artful balance of strength, vigor, and legroom, while reducing its overall weight by nearly two full test weight classes. The new aerodynamic design achieves 40 MPG on the highway (an increase from the 2015’s 35 MPG) and it’s powered by a brand new high-efficiency Ecotec 1.4L Turbo engine that is 44 pounds lighter and contains 20% more torque than the previous model. Chevy is also planning to rollout a 1.6L Ecotec “FLÜSTERDIESEL” running on B20 Biodiesel in 2017. Arguing that Diesel is the next non-hybrid fuel economy leader, Chevrolet claims that the FLÜSTERDIESEL will be one of the most efficient and quietest diesel engine on the market yet, hence the name “FLÜSTER” which is German for ‘whisper.’

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The 2016 Cruze will be one of fourteen models to integrate the Chevrolet MyLink system which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless phone charging, and built-in OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi as standard features. Wi-Fi connectivity will be available through monthly and optionally recurring data plans, while Apple Carplay and Android Auto transmit all the features of your smartphone through simple and safer hands-free voice command and touchscreen controls.

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As of now, the exterior color options are a bold cerulean and a gun metal gray, with interior selections of tan and gray. Advanced safety features will include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert. And while the Cruze doesn’t exactly compare with the brand’s new electric models –namely the Chevy Volt, Bolt EV and Malibu Hybrid — the Cruze’s lighter structure, more efficient engine and increased MPG takes this car a step in the right direction.

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John Cafaro, executive director of Chevrolet Design explains that “with styling influenced by the acclaimed 2014 Impala and all new Malibu, the 2016 Cruze brings Chevrolet’s new, expressive global design language to the small car segment,” said “The Cruze’s approach to proportion and premium details adds to Chevrolet’s elevation of craftsmanship, content, quality and a fresh interpretation of an identity that is unmistakably Chevrolet in every market around the world.” The price has yet to be announced, but we should expect it shortly since this model will be available for purchase in early 2016.

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