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2019 Chevrolet Cruze: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - April 11, 2018
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Since getting its redesign in 2016, the Chevy Cruze has seen its share of updates, including a new hatchback variant, a return of the diesel engine and the subsequent expansion of the diesel to the hatchback. For 2019, the second-generation Cruze will get a refresh.

The Cruze’s new looks are nearly blink-and-you’ll-miss-them subtle, but they are noticeable upon closer inspection. Up front, the vehicle will gain a new fascia that includes a larger lower grille, a lower-placed Chevy bowtie, and more pronounced fog light surrounds.

Around back, most everything remains the same, save for the Premium trim’s new LED accent lighting on the dual-element taillights. The sporty RS Package also boasts exclusive updates, including black-colored window moldings, Chevy bowties, and 17-inch wheels.

Inside the cabin, all will remain the same, save for its new Umber color option, the new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touchscreen, and automatic climate control on LT and Premium trims.

2019 Chevrolet Cruze

Powertrains will remain the same despite the new looks. The base engine will remain a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.

The optional engine will be a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder with 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The standard transmission will remain a six-speed manual across the board, while a six-speed automatic will be available with the gas engine and a nine-speed automatic with the diesel.

Safety will also get an upgrade in the 2019 Cruze, as its Driver Confidence Package II will now include low-speed automatic emergency braking. The IIHS has yet to fully test the current Cruze for safety, but this safety feature was not available in 2018, thus eliminating the potential of it being an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

Pricing & Release Date

Chevy expects to have the 2019 Cruze arrive at dealers in late 2018.

Pricing isn’t available yet for the 2019 Cruze, but we should see a small increase relative to the current model, which ranges from $19,400 to $26,795 (destination fees included).

Competition will include the Honda Civic, Mazda Mazda3, and Ford Focus.

Learn about the current Cruze on sale now »

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2019 Chevrolet Cruze

2019 Chevrolet Cruze

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