General Motors have been released the first official images of the new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze.
GM claims that fit and finish of the Cruze will be world class for a small car, and that its interior will use “grained surfaces, soft-touch materials and low gloss trim panels” to improve its perceived quality. Unfortunately, no shots of the interior were provided.
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The Chevy Cruze will be a global car, and as such it’s going on sale in Europe first. It will makes its global debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, where European customers will be the first to check it out in person before it goes on sale in March 2009 overseas. It will be available at launch with a 112-hp 1.6L engine, a 140-hp 1.8L and a 150-hp 2.0L turbodiesel. The North American version will likely get GM’s upcoming direct injected 1.4L four-cylinder. The Cruze will also offer a five-speed manual and GM’s first application of a six-speed automatic in a small car.
UPDATED: new photo from 2011 Chevy Cruze presentation: