Chevy Cruze refresh aims for more 'upscale' look

Chevy Cruze refresh aims for more 'upscale' look

The Malibu will get an RS trim in 2019 edition. This trim also now comes standard with heated outboard rear seats.

We've been hearing a lot lately about the slow death of the passenger auto.

That includes the Chevrolet Sonic, from some of the latest reports.

For 2019, the Spark receives new styling cues that align it more with other models in Chevy's lineup.

"Cruze has been so successful at attracting new buyers to Chevy because its lineup offers something for every customer, from body style to fuel choice to trim and design", said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet 's marketing director for cars and crossovers.

Chevrolet took its mask off and unveiled a new look for the bulk of its passenger vehicle lineup Friday.

Two takes on the subcompact 2019 Chevrolet Cruze: the Premier sedan and the RS Hatch.

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The Chevrolet Spark will have a new look during the year 2019 and it will come with grille having more chrome.

To be sure, these are mid-cycle refreshes, so nothing spectacular - well, nearly nothing with the exception of a revised transmission on the base Malibu. It will now be paired to a CVT. If you're not a fan of CVTs, there's still a traditional nine-speed automatic mated to the 2.0-liter I4 that powers the Premier trim.

The new trims for the Cruze and Malibu 2019 edition will fill the price-points that the brand needs to be competitive.

Much like the changes to the Cruze and Malibu, Chevrolet designers basically swapped the grille and front fascia out on the Spark. Inside, Malibu RS features a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, black cloth seats and a standard 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen running the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. And Chevrolet has no intention of getting rid of the hybrid.

For the Cruze, Chevrolet subbed an updated infotainment system with a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen on all models and it also gains automatic emergency braking as an optional extra. Niceties like remote start and auto climate control are now standard on LT and Premier models. For 2019, Chevy will begin offering the Cruze hatchback in a more affordable LS trim. The hatchback, added a year ago, accounted for 20% of overall Cruze sales and may have helped convince competitors to bring in versions of their own, like the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

Other changes to Chevy's lineup are rounded out with a refresh of the affordable and adorable 2019 Chevrolet Spark.

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