Friday, October 15, 2010

Car Style - The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

John Marine | 10/15/2010 03:37:00 PM |
Replacing the Cobalt, the Cruze hopes to offer much more than the Cobalt ever did. You don't have to be Alain Menu racing in the WTCC to get buzzed for this car. The Cruze (according to Wikipedia) has been around since 2001 as a compact SUV. The current generation Cruze has been around since 2008. After Europe and Australia (among others) have experienced the Cruze, it is now the United State's turn to go for a Cruze. This blog post is another "Car Style" post regarding the coming-to-America Chevy Cruze.

As an experiment, I will try to include both an exterior and interior image. An exterior image is important, but I will try to offer interior views as well.

--- Car Style: The Chevrolet Cruze ---
My first look at the Cruze refers to the Cruze in Europe, followed by the Cruze by GM Australia's Holden brand. Holden described the Cruze in a commercial saying that it doesn't look like a toy you'd find in a cereal box. So it's time for me to talk aobut how I think the Cruze looks. That's the point of my "Car Style" blog posts- talk about how I think cars look. The car's price ranges from just under $17K USD and tops out at under $24K for the top-of-the-line Cruze.


Cruze interior
^ from: - the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze's exterior.

For starters, the Cruze is as handsome as the latest Chevrolet Malibu. The mark of a lovely car is usually in a car that is styled beautifully and actually is inviting. I guess what has been a trademark of Chevrolet design has been its diamond-edge design up front. The Cruze has that diamond-edge design. The car manages to balance boldness without being some brash, over-confident, self-indulgent jerk. The headlights are evidence of this. The headlights are kind of bold like the latest Honda Accord, but unlike the latest Accord, this car is styled lovely. The grill is bold as a crossbar bears the golden bowtie badge of Chevrolet. The grill is outlined in chrome for an extra touch of style. The front bumper is styled very nicely as well. Overall, this is the kind of car that is very inviting on first glance. While I am a fan of the Cobalt (that the Cruze replaces), this car is much more inviting. And MUCH more inviting than that ugly 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. I don't know what the hell Chevy was thinking uglying up that car to where no one wouldn't care to buy it.

Chevrolet's Cruze offers up sophistication on the sides as well. A lovely set of five-spoke wheels compliment the side profile. What the Cruze lacks from its Cobalt predecesor is sporty character. Despite this lack, it makes up for with lovely luxury-style. This is not some in-your-face beast. Instead, it's a civilized car that can be stylish to drive in whether in a quiet residential community or around the high-rises of downtown. This car doesn't epitomize style, but it certainly is a beautiful car from the sides. Modest fender flares add some character, but not too much to scare off anyone. The roof of the car features a sunroof. Thing is, I don't know if it is standard or optional. It adds some extra style up top.

To top off the style of any car, a car must provide a lovely afterthought with a nicely-styled rear. The Cruze doesn't fail to deliver at this. The rear tail lights and designed sharply and beautifully. They almost look like the eyes of a vicious beast, yet in a stylish way. A chrome bar compliments the trunk/boot. Above the chrome bar is the Chevrolet bowtie badge. The rear bumper has subtle aggression and some real mild touches that still compliments the rear very nicely.


Cruze interior
^ from: - the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze's interior.

You know, I must admit... I haven't really liked the interior of recent Chevrolets. I noted my subtle disappointment with the latest Camaro's interior. Is the Cruze any better? For one, the steering wheel could have looked much better. I would have liked something that looks as stylish as the exterior. The instrument panel has some lovely gauges. In the center of the dashboard, the navigation system and various other electronics are styled nicely. I actually like the air conditioning vents in the center. The gearshift and other details below the electronics are nicely done as well. The center gets its share of silvery accents and details. While the Cruze is more a stylish economy car than some kind of sport compact, the Cruze boasts some comfortable and sporty seats. It is a luxurious car to say the very least.

The Cruze has been out for some time. I think with the package this car provides, I'd like to imagine maybe a coupe version of this car or perhaps an SS model. Considering the Cruze's WTCC lineage, I'd be interested to see an upgraded model that would make the road-going Cruze more like a WTCC race car for the road. This car just needs a sporty edge to make it both stylish and sporty. Otherwise, job well done on a lovely car. Actually, there's an RS package you can order for the Cruze to make it a touch more sporty including a front spoiler, side skirts, a lip spoiler on the trunk/boot, and things like that. It's only available for the LT and LTZ models.

To learn more about the Chevrolet Cruze (and to build your own Cruze), visit the Chevy Cruze's American home page.

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John B. Marine said...

im sucker for great cars !
love the interior there !

John B. Marine said...

I love this car its my favorite car I've seen yet to be released in 2011.

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