Its compact dimensions feature bold styling cues, with an arching roofline, sloping rear-pillars that give it a lean profile and a neatly styled rear deck providing upmarket and handsome good looks. At the front, the large, sweeping headlamp units wrap around the nose of the car, while other design themes include a concave shoulder line, Chevrolet's trademark two-tier grille and a restrained use of exterior trim, giving it a solid, unfussy appearance.
Inside, the car features a twin-cockpit design, with a distinct centre console dividing the front into separate areas for the driver and passenger – a styling cue taken from various iconic Chevrolet performance cars.
At launch, three engines will be offered – 1.6-litre 112PS and 1.8-litre 140PS petrol units, both with variable valve timing for optimal power, fuel economy and exhaust emissions, or a 2.0-litre 150PS common-rail turbodiesel.
The Cruze heralds a new era for Chevrolet, which is set to be built upon even further over the coming months with the introduction of even more new models, including the iconic Camaro.