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 |  Dec 22 2011, 9:00 AM

Chevrolet is planning a more performance-oriented version of the Cruze compact sedan AutoGuide has learned. Sources inside the company have let slip that GM does intend to offer a more sporting version of its best-selling model, though as past reports have indicated, it won’t be badged as an SS.

“The SS badge will be reserved only for ultra-high performance machines,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.

What isn’t yet clear is if GM intends to offer a rival to the Focus Focus ST, or if the performance-packaged Cruze will be along the lines of the new Sonic RS model. Current Chevy does offer a Cruze RS styling package, though it isn’t an actual model designation like on the Sonic. If GM does deliver something along the lines of that car, look for custom aerodynamics, plenty of interior upgrades and a retuned suspension. What the Sonic RS doesn’t offer, however, is added power, with the 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder remaining stock with 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque.

Click here to read AutoGuide’s 2011 Chevy Cruze Review

 |  Mar 24 2011, 8:30 AM


Despite reports to the contrary, the team at Car & Driver are reporting Chevrolet has no plans to introduce a Cruze SS model. But that doesn’t mean a more powerful version isn’t in the cards.

Wait? So wouldn’t a more potent Cruze be a Cruze SS, you’re asking? Not exactly.

Rather than a sport-compact-style machine, designed to compete with cars like the Honda Civic Si or Mazda3, a more powerful Cruze would be targeted as more of an up-scale machine. It could, however, make use of either the 182-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder currently found in some GM models. Better yet, it could also get the 2.0T that makes anywhere from 220 to 260-hp.

How this would differ from the new Buick Verano is then hard to see.

As for a sport-compact machine designed to appeal to a young male audience, look toward the sub-compact Sonic to fulfill that niche for GM.

[Source: Car & Driver]

Read AutoGuide’s 2011 Chevy Cruze Review here

 |  Aug 09 2010, 5:52 PM

With the launch of the new Chevy Cruze, rumors have already started popping up about a possible SS model. And why not; the Cobalt got an SS model and while the initial offering wasn’t overly special, the final turbocharged version was so impressive it could hand it to an EVO on a racetrack.

But according to Chevy marketing boss Jim Campbell a Cruze SS isn’t coming. And if Chevy was planning an SS like the stickered-up model sold in Singapore, then were happy we’ll never see it. But wait, Campbell only said that there won’t be one of the 2011 model year and considering how production cycles work, that makes complete sense. And besides, it doesn’t have to wear the SS badge to be a performance car.

The folks at Jalopnik who interviewed Campbell suggest that if Ford does decide to deliver on a high-powered Focus then a more potent Cruze looks like a reality. And guess what? Ford is set to deliver a performance Focus using EcoBoost technology, and they’ve already said it will be offered globally.

[Source: Jalopnik]

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 |  Apr 07 2010, 12:20 PM

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Chevy is getting set to expand its lineup of Cruze offerings with a high higher performance version of the compact car set to debut at the Beijing Auto Show at the end of the month. According to the China Car Times, a new model with a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder will be offered  the same engine that is currently offered in the Buick Excelle in China with 184-hp.

It’s not clear if GM has any plans to bring the 1.6T model to North America, but a more potent 4-cylinder is both need and expected in the Cruze lineup here, with the current top engine being a fuel economy-minded turbocharged 1.4-liter with 138-hp. Still, even at 184-hp, the 1.6T motor seems unlikely to take up the halo position as an SS model, with the Cobalt SS currently making 260-hp.

Get more Chevy Cruze news and info at CruzeTalk.com

[Source: China Car Times]

 |  Feb 08 2010, 11:32 AM

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Chevy is reportedly considering building a 4-door coupe-style model based on the new Cruze. The idea would be to imitate what companies like Mercedes did when it built its 4-door coupe (the CLS), using an existing platform (the E-Class) and then add more style and jack up the price. Not only would it potentially allow for higher profit margins, but it would also work to draw in European and Japanese buyers into Chevy dealerships.

The new Cruze-based 4-door coupe would use the same wheelbase but sacrifice some back seat room in exchange for a more impressive design. With the Cruze already quite large for the compact class, this might be a real possibility.

The report, by Motor Trend, also suggests the best may to do this might be to sell the model as an SS version – although GM has said that it the future it will use SS badges more sparingly and not just toss them on anything they can slot a more powerful engine into. (Yes HHR SS, we’re talking about you).

SS badges or not, a more powerful version might use Chevy’s 2.0-liter turbocharged motor, although even a slightly more powerful version of the 1.4-turbo could work.

Regardless, don’t look for a four-door coupe Cruze until at least 2013.

Get more Chevy Cruze news and info at CruzeTalk.com

[Source: Motor Trend]