2019 Chevrolet Cruze, Spark Refreshed With New Corporate Face

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, Automotive Editor - April 9, 2018

Chevrolet has unveiled the refreshed variants of two of its compact vehicles – the Cruze and Spark. At the front sits Chevy's new family look that will spread to all of its vehicles.

Starting with the 2019 Cruze, the compact sedan and hatch adopt a new grille and front fascia that brings a pointer nose to the model. The headlights and taillights, despite looking similar to last year's model, have also been updated with LED accents.

The updated Cruze also sees the addition of new exterior trim pieces, like black window moldings and black bowtie emblems. The compact vehicle also gets new 17- and 18-inch wheel designs. Lastly, there's a new Umber color, but Chevrolet didn't provide any pictures on what the shade will look like.

In terms of features, there aren't a lot of changes for the 2019 model year. The Cruze gets a seven-inch touchscreen that's running the automaker's Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system (apparently the old MyLink moniker is gone?) as standard, along with remote start and automatic climate control on LT and Premier trims.

The good news is that the Cruze will return in both sedan and hatchback body styles. In fact, Chevrolet claims the Cruze Hatch accounted for approximately 20 percent of total Cruze sales. With the industry moving towards crossovers and SUVs, it's nice to see the hatchback return. The 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and 1.6-liter diesel motor return unchanged for the new year.

The 2019 Spark follows the same recipe in terms of updates as the Cruze, but the changes are more apparent. At the front, there's a new front fascia and grille. The LED daytime running lights are now positioned towards the bottom of the front bumper, while the headlights have been upgraded with projector-style lamps. At the back, the Spark gets dual-element taillights for a harmonious look throughout the automaker's entire lineup.

2019 Chevy Cruze

In addition to the aesthetic changes, the Spark benefits from some new features. Opting for the Driver Confidence Package brings forward collision alert and lane departure warning. Chevrolet's Infotainment 3 system, which brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, is standard, as are two USB ports and True White interior lighting.

The Spark continues to feature a 1.4-liter inline-four that can be paired to either a five-speed manual or CVT. And while the changes to the Cruze didn't do much to the already-good-looking vehicle, the Spark is now much easier on the eyes.

Both the Cruze and Spark will go on sale later this year, with pricing set to be announced at a later date.

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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