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Chevrolet Cruze brings design appeal and quality


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Muscat: Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet's best-selling passenger car around the world and one of Chevrolet's most impressive vehicles in its segment, raises the bar for design appeal, build quality and running refinement in the Middle East's compact value segment. 

An arching roofline, extending from the steeply raked windshield into the slim rear pillars, is the defining exterior feature of the Cruze.  Combined with a relatively short rear deck, it brings four-door coupé-like looks to this market segment for the first time.  

The Cruze has a well-planted, close-to-the-ground stance with its wheels located at the outer edges of the tautly drawn bodywork.  A distinctive concave shoulder line flows along the sides of the car into the rear deck lid and is set to become a new signature Chevrolet design feature.  The upscale visual appearance is also reinforced by clean, uncluttered bodywork free from mouldings or trim.  

Class-leading features include the flush fit of panels, with exceptionally tight gap tolerances, and generous rear passenger leg, head and shoulder room, despite Cruze's signature sloping roofline. The core interior design theme is a modern expression of a traditional Chevrolet styling cue the signature 'twin cockpit' layout of the Corvette, a motif designed to bringing driver and passenger closer to a 'shared' experience. 

On each side of the main fascia, there is a choice of coloured fabric or grained vinyl panels, which are complemented by matching inserts in the seats and door trims. Wire mesh construction applied on the Cruze distributes weight more evenly, a firmer foam filling and deeper bolstering for the cushions and seat-backs, front and rear.  

The Cruze's body structure is among the stiffest in its class, with a great torsional rigidity.     
Efficient load paths provide maximum occupant protection in the event of an impact from virtually any direction. Full-length beams and enhancements to the sills, B-pillars and A-pillars, through the use of high-strength steels and tailored blank processing, all contribute to the vehicle's excellent crash worthiness.  

The energy absorbing front and rear crumple zones are designed to deform as efficiently as possible in order to maintain the integrity of the passenger compartment, which is protected by a safety cage reinforced with tubular-section members that frame the door openings and support the roof.

The combination of a single-piece side structure and ultra-high strength steel door beams also provides effective side impact protection. The Cruze achieved an overall five-star safety rating in the New Car Assessment Programme in Europe, Australia, US and Korea.  It also received an overall five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest score possible.

Cruze won Best Small Saloon Car in the Middle East Motor Awards in 2010, and it keeps going from strength to strength. Apart from minimising noise and vibration, a stiff structure also makes it easier to isolate residual powertrain, road and wind noise for even quieter cabin comfort.  The Cruze has achieved interior acoustic and wind noise ratings that are both among best-in-class for compact sedans in the value segment.

The 1.8-litre engine comes with a new six-speed automatic transmission, a segment 'first' for Chevrolet, delivers responsive performance, with 140hp at 6,300rpm and peak torque of 175Nm at 3,800 rpm. In terms of power output-per-litre, this engine is among the most efficient in the market. OTE Group is the exclusive dealer for Chevrolet in Oman.

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