| Lyna Mohamad |
Making strong statements across the globe and capturing the hearts and minds of over three million people in over 118 countries is certainly a huge achievement for a car that has only been in the market for a few years.
With dramatic exterior styling and decidedly upscale interior, fuel efficiency that saves money in every currency, an exceptionally quiet cabin and soft ride experience reminiscent of an upscale sedan, and a slew of standard infotainment features that even luxury car buyers will envy, the Chevrolet Cruze is a car made for possibilities, and this is only the beginning.
For the Bruneian market, GHK Motors Sdn Bhd has recently brought in the Cruze 1.4L Turbo, a midsize sedan refurbished with a dynamic, sleeker design inside and out, and fortified with new technologies and a more powerful base engine that has been rewriting the rules for cars within its class.
The product of an orchestrated effort by a selected team of designers, engineers and manufacturing talents from all over the world, the Cruze is globally acclaimed and has been voted the ‘Best Midsize Sedan’ by Motoring Magazine.
Now, the best midsize saloon has got even better with the introduction of an efficient and extremely responsive 1.4 ECOTEC turbo engine, delivering optimum performance with its 140 horsepower @ 4,900 rpm and 200 NM torque @ 4,000 rpm engine capacity and a fully automatic six-speed front-wheel drive (FWD) electronically controlled transmission.
The car’s MH9 – also known as the Hydra-Matic 6T30 – on the other hand allows the driver to switch to manual gear through a toggle switch on the shift knob.
For the interior, the Cruze 1.4L Turbo comes furnished with a six-speaker audio system, Steering Wheel Control System, USB & AUX Connectivity, FM/AM station which can save up to 24 radio stations, and an Engine Start Stop Button.
Its electric power steering systems provide steering assist for the driver, reducing the overall effort required to turn the steering wheel while increasing ride comfort especially during low-speed manoeuvres.
The system also optimises fuel efficiency due to its intelligent nature – becoming activated only when required.
Other features which increase comfort and convenience of both driver and passenger are the Passive Remote Entry, Power Driver Side Mirror Activation and Folded Power Mirror, Steering Wheel Audio Control, and Cruise Control System.
The new Cruze 1.4L Turbo is no slouch either when it comes to safety.
The vehicle scores particularly highly in the passive safety front. Its standard dual airbags
for driver and passenger – where the sensing and diagnostic module controls the deployment of the airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, which activate according to input from sensors, and ISOFIX for the child safety seat, all contribute to this assessment.
Active safety features such as the Antilock Brake System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) meanwhile deliver on-demand and better protection against dangerous driving situations and road conditions (normally during inclement weather).
Aesthetics-wise, the new Chevrolet Cruze 1.4L Turbo has been transformed, proudly showing off its sharp new styling and adventurous features. The car’s good look is complemented with LED daytime running lights, a dual port grille in its fascia – with a third-generation Chevy bowtie, and a keyless switch door handle.
For Brunei, the all-new Cruze 1.4L Turbo is available in the following colour options: Switchblade Silver, Old Blue Eye, Burnt Coconut, Son of Gun Grey, Summit White and Black Kettle Metallic.
Members of the public wishing to view the car up close or arrange a test drive can pop by the Chevrolet showroom in Sumbangsih Bahagia, Beribi.