The Holden Cruze is a great little car with a reputation for performance above its price range, making it the bestselling small sedan in Australia and one of the most popular worldwide. The Cruze was originally conceived of as a compact SUV, and subsequent models have branched out to include the small sedan and a hatchback. General Motors unveiled the newest member of the Cruze family at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show last month a station wagon.
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze station wagon will be available in Europe and Australia with five different engine options: 1.4L turbo, 1.6L and 1.8L petrol engines, and 1.7L and 2.0L diesel engines. It boasts 500L of storage plus a roof rack, and is 6.5 inches longer than the previous model. It will be produced in Korea, and if successful could be transferred to local Australian manufacturers.
Technologies for the 2013 station wagon include a back-up camera, an anti-lock braking system and Brake-Assist, which senses if you slam the pedal and applies maximum braking power to help avoid accidents and minimize damage. The Cruze has a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, so you even if you’ve spent the day snowboarding the black diamond slopes or surfing storm waves, your drive home will be the safest thing you’ll do all day.
The new Cruze models this year will also boast an updated fascia to bring the brand into 2012. This wagon should appeal to a new segment of the market and broaden the Cruze’s appeal beyond its already massive audience, and will be a great all-around car to drive the kids to school, hit the beach or to haul your gear all over the continent. It looks like Holden and Chevrolet are trying to creep up on their competitors and take an even bigger bite out of the competition. A wagon might not be the sexiest development the Cruze has ever seen but it should be a good move forward for the brand.