Chevrolet this week announced that it plans to refresh three of its models for the 2019 model-year: the Impala, the Spark and the Cruze. Changes will focus on styling and design updates and improvements.
Regarding the latter model, this mid-cycle update comes even though the current generation is relatively recent. With sales of the model down nearly 33% this year over last, the automaker decided a revamp was in order. Known for being slow to react to such situations in the past, Chevy has decided to be pro-active with its Cruze.
Esthetic changes start with a redesigned front grille, the company’s stated objective being to give the model a more upscale look. The Premier variant will get a partial LED treatment for its rear lights.
"Cruze's refreshed styling gives Cruze a more upscale look while maintaining its Chevrolet design DNA."
- John Cafaro, design director at Chevrolet
Other improvements include the addition of a 7-inch infotainment screen, new designs for the alloy wheels and new trim elements for the RS sport package.
No pricing was announced for the new edition, nor do we know exactly when the next Cruze will be available at dealerships. An educated guess would be sometime this coming fall.
It will be interesting to see how the Cruze performs in its new incarnation, and if it can leave behind the struggles that have afflicted its first generation.