The launch of the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze could be pushed back by as much as a year, according to recent news reports.
Senior Chevrolet sources have admitted that the next-generation Cruze may experience a delay, but are insisting it is “still within the window” of timing originally planned for the model. Either way, there’s a possibility that the current-generation Cruze will continue on as a 2015 model year, with the new model being offered as a 2016.
The current Cruze has been a hit for Chevy both in the U.S. and globally, so it’s no surprise that the American automaker wants to take its time developing its successor. During the first half of 2013, the Cruze saw a 17-percent sales gain and was second only to the Toyota Camry among passenger cars. Later this year, Chevrolet will be adding a diesel model to the Cruze lineup.
Seen testing recently, the next-generation Cruze is reportedly being delayed due to engineering changes. But one thing is clear, Chevrolet doesn’t want to go down the same path that its Malibu recently did, getting an emergency refresh a year after a new model debuts.
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