Designing, drive, handling, comfort, safety… The Chevrolet Cruze is certainly one of the best cars around when it comes to all such aspects and more. A powerful 1998 cc, 4 cylinder engine that rolls out a power of 168 Bhp and torque of 38.7 Kgm comes with a 6 speed manual transmission in the Chevrolet Cruze LTZ MT and it runs on diesel for fuel.
The exteriors look sublime and sporty at the same time. The Cruze sports chiselled features with muscular shoulders, and the stylish chrome grille in the front looks defiant. The distinctive design of the dual bezel headlamps delivers the most favourable illumination and even the tail lamps have been fashionably split. The Cruze has also been dotted with chrome touches on the door handles, window sills, exhaust pipe and the trunk lid.
This high end variant of the car has an electric sunroof with a Pinchguard and wind Deflector function that lets one savour the weather. Apart from the above, the standard features of the body coloured rear/front bumpers, outside mirrors, and large alloy wheels are all there. The windshield and door glasses are also tinted.
The interiors are done up in exquisite leather upholstery and the three spoke power steering wheel is also leather wrapped. The gear shift knob comes adorned in leather, thereby offering a fine grip. The other features are all standard as in the other variants. For instance, the ‘Electronic Trip Computer’ shows the trip distance, average fuel consumption, average speed, instantaneous consumption and distance that can be covered before refuelling of the car is needed. The front centre armrest has storage and a sliding lid. The rear seat armrest comes with cup holders.
Reading lamps have been fitted in both front and rear and these don’t just provide illumination but also give a soothing ambience inside the cabin. The instrument panel has an icy blue illumination that can be controlled and looks pleasant. The integrated audio system in this variant is also capable of Bluetooth music streaming.
Apart from the customary features - such as steering mounted audio controls, 6 way adjustable driver’s seat, front and rear adjustable headrests, follow me home headlamps and rear glass defogger - that are seen in all Cruze variants, there are a few additions that are exclusive in this model and the LTZ Automatic. Among others, these include the 4 channel rear parking assist system that makes parking in tight spots a breeze. Rain sensitive wipers have also been installed in this variant and so is the cruise control on the steering wheel. An auto dimming system is there on the inside rear view mirror too.
The safety and security features are same throughout the three variants of the Chevrolet Cruze. An advanced security system has features like an immobilizer, anti theft alarm, programmable auto door locking and auto door unlock in case of a car crash. Equipped with ABS (Anti Lock Brake System), dual air bags and front fog lamps, this vehicle almost seems like a frontrunner in terms of safety brackets when compared to other cars in this segment. The front and rear bumper are impact proof up to 4 kmph. This sedan also comes with dual horns.
Thus the Chevrolet Cruze LTZ MT is the most adequate car in it and there seems to be hardly anything missing on this vehicle. Priced at 17.56 lakhs (On road price- Delhi), it’s quite decent for a saloon that offers a wide range of features along with a fine drivability and performance.