There’s two bits of dangerous information in the lineup of refreshed Chevrolet small automobiles introduced right now. Three, in the event you’re a fan of the Sonic. You see, the automaker doesn’t point out both the Sonic or the Impala in all of this 2019 mannequin insanity — lending credence to a report claiming GM plans to ditch each of these fashions. It’s uncommon for an automaker to spend money on an eleventh hour refresh of a mannequin it plans to kill.
Positive, the Sonic’s final refresh got here for the 2017 mannequin yr, one yr later than the introduction of the present-era Malibu, Cruze, and Spark. So perhaps it’s simply not due but. However the Impala bowed for the 2014 mannequin yr and there’s nonetheless no phrase on any refresh or redesign.
The opposite dangerous factor will probably be felt solely by lovers of the three-pedal, row-your-personal way of life. What we reported in December is now confirmed: the Chevrolet Cruze goes absolutely automated for 2019. It’s time to cross one other reasonably priced, guide-transmission car off a shrinking listing.
For the 2019 mannequin yr, the Cruze sees look modifications up entrance and, for some, in the rear. A barely bigger — and positively wider — grille graces its face, flanked by simplified fake intakes. It’s a much less creased and pinched look, and an debatable enchancment over the 2018 mannequin. LED operating lights encompass the headlamps. For prime-flight Premier fashions, LED accent lighting adorns the taillamps.
Apparently, GM felt not a lot work was wanted out again, and this critic is inclined to agree.
While there appears to be no change in the obtainable powerplants — GM’s turbocharged 1.four-liter fuel 4-cylinder and 1.6-liter turbo diesel return for 2019 — the transmission lineup sees one terribly unhappy deletion. I say this as a guide Cruze proprietor who enjoys the liveliness a stick can deliver to an in any other case yawn-inducing small car.
Chevrolet spokesman Nick Morgan confirmed the stick shift Cruze’s dying to TTAC this morning. “Guide transmissions composed 2 % of all Cruze gross sales,” he wrote in an e mail. Morgan’s determine applies to fashions bought in the United States.
That is going to return as a shock to
cheapskates driving fanatics on this neck of the woods. A GM supplier I spoke with just lately was shocked to listen to of the potential elimination of the guide Cruze, telling your writer that between 10 and 15 % of Cruze fashions bought at his retailer depart the lot with three pedals. In Montreal, he stated, the take fee tops 20 %. (I’ll should buy groceries quickly.)
In the transmission’s absence, the present six-velocity automated carries on, as does the 9-velocity auto mated to the diesel mill. (Dropping the guide means the diesel’s most freeway fuel financial system drops from fifty two mpg to forty seven mpg.)
Chevrolet apparently needs to capitalize on the market share gained from the addition of hatchback and diesel fashions final yr. These automobiles lured extra consumers away from different manufacturers. Steve Majoros, advertising director for Chevrolet automobiles and crossovers, stated in a assertion that fifty three % of Cruze consumers in 2017 have been new to the model.
Provided that 20 % of the Cruze’s 2017 quantity got here from the hatch mannequin, GM’s taking down a rung, providing an LS-trim 5-door for 2019. All fashions see a 7-inch touchscreen with Chevy’s newest infotainment system, plus new wheel designs, a new interior shade (Umber), and standard automated local weather management and distant begin on LT and Premier trims. Obtainable safety features now embrace pedestrian braking and low-velocity ahead automated braking.
The RS package deal returns, providing consumers blacked-out moldings and badge, plus 17- and 18-inch wheels.
While the Cruze elevated its compact car market share final yr, it did so in a declining phase. GM bought 184,751 Cruze sedans and hatches in 2017, down from the mannequin’s excessive water mark of 273,060 automobiles in 2014. In March, the Cruze posted a thirteen.four % yr-over-yr gross sales loss, with quantity over the first three months of 2018 down 26.1 % in comparison with the similar interval final yr.
(Replace: Excellent news for Canucks – as a consequence of higher reputation, the six-velocity guide transmission is retained in 2019 Cruze fashions bought north of the border. As for the transmission’s take fee, we’re searching for that out and can replace this submit once we hear.)
[Images: General Motors]
– Get a Stick Shift Chevrolet Cruze While You Can, Because the 2019s Won’t Have ‘Em –
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