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Next Cruze to Lose Weight, Gain Dual-Clutch Gearbox

The folks at General Motors are hard at work on the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze. To keep up with its ever-evolving competition the new 2016 model is expected to lose a significant amount of weight while gaining a fuel-saving seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The Cruze’s mass reduction is likely to be significant, though there are no specific figures to share at this time. Today’s base model with a manual transmission weighs a little less than 3,100 lbs, but the diesel-powered variant is a real tub, smashing the scales at nearly 3,500 pounds. Cutting the fat will help boost efficiency and improve driving dynamics.

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And further slashing consumption is a miser-maximizing seven-speed gearbox. GM developed this dual-clutch unit with its Chinese joint-venture partner SAIC. Look for it in higher-trim versions of the 2016 Cruze. Like today’s model a pair of six-speed transmissions will likely still be on the menu, with drivers having a choice of manual or automatic.

A new family of small engines is expected to further burnish the car’s efficiency figures. It’s rumored the new Cruze will be anywhere between 14 and 21 percent thriftier than today’s version.

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[Source: GM Authority]

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