Next Cruze to Lose Weight, Gain Dual-Clutch Gearbox
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.
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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Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).
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