Holden Previews Its Version of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
When GM said the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze would be a global car, it meant it. Not only is it being built in Korea as a Daewoo, but it – or a very similar sedan – will ultimately be built and sold in Australia under the Holden brand.
The above sketch reportedly displays a forthcoming concept car, which itself is but a preview of the production sedan itself. The Cruze design element is blatantly obvious, though it gains a new snout to fit in with its Holden siblings.
Holden’s a bit mum on the exact details (they haven’t even released a name) but we’re told it will use the new Delta platform, along with the Cruze, Volt, and next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Astra. Seeing as Holden currently badge-engineers the Astra hatchbacks for sale down under (much like Saturn does here), we’re not sure if the Delta-based sedan and hatches will co-exist in the future, or if the Aussies will simply eliminate one body type in favor of the other.
Holden also suggests their Cruze variant will receive both gasoline and diesel powertrain, and that engineers are studying implementing LPG, E85, CNG, and start-stop versions as well. We’ve no idea if any of those will see the light of day, but if so, expect them to roll off an assembly line in South Australia by late 2010.