Chevrolet has said that it unveil the new optra magnum in the upcoming paris motor show early October. Chevrolet’s c-segment which is known as optra and optra magnum is called by different name in different countries. Lacetti in Australia and NewZealand, Optra in Canada, India, Thailand, Malayasia,singapore and Indonesia, excelle in china and Forenza in America. It is also called as Nubira in some countries. Chevrolet Cruze will be the global name for an all-new sedan from the next generation of General Motors’ compact car family. Actually the cruze badge is not an all new one, Cruze was last applied to GM’s first Japan built compact SUV in association with Suzuki. The growing clamor for small cars might have tempted the GM to christen it latest C-segment car as Cruze.
1) Chevrolet Cruze: Cruze will be the first vehicle to build on GM’s new Global Compact Vehicle Architecture or Delta 2 platform. Delta 2 is said to be designed with developing market in mind and is considered to be the lower-cost alternative to the current Delta platform. The Cruze was engineered at GM’s German development center and was designed in Korea by GM Daewoo. Cruze will be assembled in plants around the world. Chevrolet introduced the optra in 2003. Even after four years of launch the car is yet to make a mark in India. Optra struggled against the competetion and in 2007 GM introduced the new optra magnum with 2.0L diesel engine which sells in decent numbers. Coming back to the new Cruze, the car will usher in a new styling language for Chevrolet. Cruze will carry Chevrolet’s new design language, including the two separate front grills and golden bow-tie logo.
2) Chevrolet Cruze: Along with the new design, GM bets on new ultra fuel efficient engines for the success of Cruze. Cruze will be fitted with a GM’s new direct-injection, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The turbocharged 1.4 liter Ecotec engine which might power the Indian cruze will return a fuel efficient figure 20kmpl. The 1.4 liter Ecotec turbo will come in various stages of tune ranging from 120 PS to 140 PS. GM hopes to take on the might Toyota prius with the Cruze which means the car will match the fuel efficiency of a hybrid car. According to GM, cruze would return 20km for a litre.
3) Chevrolet Cruze: Similar to other Chevrolet models, Cruze will also come with loads of space. The Cruze has an overall length of 4.6 meters and will offer ample room for five passengers and cargo space. Enough cost cutting measure has also gone into the Cruze to make the car price competetive. Cruze would feature a torsion-beam rear suspension.
4)Chevrolet Cruze: The Cruze including the right-hand-drive form for UK will go on sale across Europe in the spring of 2009 and with other markets (including India) following soon afterward. For the european market GM plans to sell the cruze along with the Lacetti sedan for about 18 months before the older car is phased out. Chevrolet may follow the same strategy in India and position the Cruze against the Volkswagen Jetta and Honda civic.