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Before the recall brouhaha engulfed General Motors over the past few weeks, the company had much to crow about in the small-car business. The Chevy Cruze has been a worldwide best-seller for GM, with more than 2 million built and strong demand in the United States and Asia. But after four years, the Cruze is overdue for an update, expected to be revealed at April's Beijing and New York auto shows.
That plan was spoiled a bit by these images from a Chinese forum, purporting to show the 2015 Chevy Cruze — with a front end that in these grainy photos looks less than graceful.

According to forum posters, the new Cruze was spotted around GM's Shanghai joint venture; heavily camouflaged test models have been caught all over Europe, including running the Nurburgring. While the interior snapshots suggest a more luxurious collection of pieces, its the outside that's garnering the most comments. This Cruze looks more closely related to the latest Chevy Malibu, but the hexagonal lower opening looks similar to ones already designed by Ford, Kia and others. GM has already said the next Cruze would be more efficient, and there's rumors of a seven-speed automatic transmission towards that goal.

It's possible that after selling a single design globally for the previous generation, Chevy will alter the Cruze for regional markets with the 2015 model, which is still several months from U.S. production. We'll see if the Cruze has been made ready for its real closeup in a few weeks.

Source: https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motor...n-unexpected-reveal-from-china-161635503.html
 

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That's nice . You can look them up at GM inside news spaced out.
 

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I so dislike those "big-mouth" grills.

Yeah, all the car companies are seemingly doing this now or something close to it. I personally hate this "big-mouth" grill look too! Every time I see them on a car I think of a Manta Ray's mouth opening (certainly true for the 2014 Corolla) or a Megamouth Shark, hahaha!
 

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Reminds me of the current toyota corolla. I'll be going to the NY International auto show this year, i'll have to keep an eye out for it.
 

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Yeah, all the car companies are seemingly doing this now or something close to it. I personally hate this "big-mouth" grill look too! Every time I see them on a car I think of a Manta Ray's mouth opening (certainly true for the 2014 Corolla) or a Megamouth Shark, hahaha!
Have you seen the new Hyundai Genesis? It's hideous!


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The only thing that sounds worth it to me is that 7 speed they're working on......but damm, thats ugly :(
 

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If this is truly coming to North America, it probably signals a widespread discontinuation of the familiar Chevy 2-tier grill for well... whatever this is. Looks cheap as all get out, SO much black plastic. Excuse me while I go hug my 1st gen.
 

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The new cruze screws up one of my favorite parts-the headlights. The current gen headlights have cadillac-esque sharp angles that give the cruze an agressive look. This cruze in the photos looks so boring it makes me sleepy.
 

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Very generic and cheap looking although the power mirrors would be nice. I don't get the open mouth grill trend for most new cars. Does it reduce drag or have some functional advantage? I almost always like the styling of first generation cars versus later generations. My first generation Pontiac Vibe looks much better than second, to me. I plan to keep my CTD and Vibe as long as possible.
 

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WHAT IS THAT? why does the catfish have chevy bow tie on it... I love the cruze and i hope the engine and tranny make up for it but this looks like they stole a few ideas from the ford... I am not a fan of the new redesign outside, the old way look meaner
 
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