The trans is indeed 'adaptive'.Just bought a new 2017 Cruze, only about 120 miles on it, and last night I had experienced a bit of "jerkiness" when driving around town. It seems to be when the car is shifting gears. Is this something that goes away after a while? Is it just a new vehicle working out the kinks and I'm being paranoid, or should I be worried? I've heard about an "adaptive transmission," but I'm not seeing anything out there on that. To clarify, it is an automatic transmission. And I also didn't really let the car warm up in 25 degree cold.
This means it 'learns' your driving style and 'adapts' to that style.
If you hammer it at every light, the trans will learn to shift late and firmly.
If you are a very gentle type, the trans learns to shift early and almost imperceptably.
This process of 'shifting, looking at the shift (comparing) making adjustments to the next shift' and so on can take upward of a thousand miles.
During cold operation, before the computer goes into 'closed loop' operation, the trans shift schedule is in a 'fixed' mode and this by itself will make a rather abrubt upshift (or downshift) untill engine temperature and trans fluid temperature have reached a pre determined point.
Your description is that of just about any late model autobox......give it time and miles before concern.