Chevrolet had been planning to introduce a hybrid derivative of the Cruze sedan, and now the first pictures of the sedan have surfaced online. Chevrolet Cruze hybrid is expected to have its world premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March, while the sales would commence by the end of this year or from early next year.
Being caught as test mule in Michigan by the folks at Motor1, the spied prototype of Cruze hybrid doesn’t reflect a lot of modifications in the exterior styling. However, it doesn’t appear as sporty as the Cruze RS which was revealed in 2015. Also, the majority of the unseen stuff is hidden by the camouflage but the new front bumper and restyled air intakes can be noticed. The company is concentrating more on fuel efficiency than exterior design and hence, the rear end is expected to be more traditional. As for the interior cabin, it would be carried over from the standard model, including the rearview camera and the MyLink infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
Under the hood, the Chevrolet Cruze hybrid is expected to get a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine which already does duties to the Volt. Rumourmills are also abuzz that it might be powered by the 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine, which comes with the Malibu Hybrid. Irrespective of the fact that which engine eventually makes its way to the hybrid sedan, it would use lithium-ion battery pack and at least one electric motor.