You can also imagine torque is up from the last car’s 556 lb-ft of torque rating, but that figure wasn’t specified in the leaked PDF.
This also means the new Camaro ZL1 is about 10 horses shy of one of GM’s other ultimate cars, the 640hp 2017 Cadillac CTS-V. But sadly, it still does trail behind the Dodge Challenger Hellcat’s 707hp.
As a refresher, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 was revealed at the 2016 New York International Auto Show a few months back with the all-new sixth-generation Camaro platform. Oomph is still supplied by a supercharged V8 6.2L LT4 V8.
– By: Chris Chin
Exteriors – The Chevrolet Beat has been around since 2010 and it got a mid-life facelift last year where its exteriors got minor and yet significant upgrades. It continues to look smart and it has a sporty appeal, something that is missing in the newer Maruti Celerio which has a simple design. The Hyundai Grand i10 is also a very good looker and has a more premium feel than the other two. The Tata Zica has a smart design and thankfully it doesn’t remind one of the Indica. On the exteriors front, the Grand i10, Beat and Zica score high while the Celerio is left behind.
Interiors – The Zica has a good-looking dashboard and the overall layout of the interiors is also pretty neat. The vehicle on a whole feels nicely put together but again the Beat also has very good interiors but it does lack a couple of features like a proper infotainment system and the likes. The Celerio also has a simple and non-offensive dashboard while build quality isn’t the best. The Grand i10 has excellent build quality and is loaded with features. Space is more or less similar on all the cars here.
Engines and Mileage – The Zica is the only one to get a 1.1-litre engine and yet it is the most powerful here. The Grand i10’s numbers are just marginally lower than the Zica. On the other hand, the Chevrolet Beat gets a bigger 1.2-litre engine and yet its power and torque figures are slightly lower then the Zica. The Celerio gets a 1.0-litre engine and it has the least power and torque out of the 4 hatchbacks featured here. The Celerio has the highest claimed fuel efficiency while we expect the Zica to also have a figure of 20 km/l which is a bit more than the Beat while the Grand has the lowest.
Talking about oil-burners, again the Celerio falls short of power drastically and it also gets a 2-cylinder engine while the Grand i10, Beat and Zica have a 3-cylinder unit. The Zica again scores high on power and torque but it is the Grand i10 which is the most powerful, while the Celerio falls short again. However, the Celerio has class-leading fuel efficiency and we expect the Zica also to have better mileage figures than the Beat. All the cars here get a 5-speed manual transmission and the Hyundai gets a 4-speed automatic gearbox with the petrol engine while the Celerio petrol gets the option of an AMT gearbox. The Zica diesel will get an AMT too but that won’t happen immediately and it will take some time.
We’re pretty sure we’d lose our shit if Danica Patrick delivered our first-whatever, to our hands, just because, you know, it’s Danica Patrick. Specifically, your Editor-In-Chief personally has a major crush on her.
But nonetheless, it’s pretty awesome occasion to not only receive the world’s first 2016 Chevrolet Camaro for the public, but also to have Ms. Patrick hand you the keys while being at the front of the ceremony to celebrate it all.
Check out the video after the jump.
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Started by the Tata Indigo CS a few years back, the compact sedan segment in India is now one of the most competitive segments where every car manufacturer is trying to get on top. The Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire is the segment king at present and it is followed by the Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze, Tata Zest and soon the Ford Figo Aspire, making up all the products in the compact sedan space in India. The segment comprises of a large proportion of the country’s total car sales and car makers who do not have a product in this segment are considering to enter the same very soon.
One such car maker is Chevrolet. The American car maker has been struggling in the Indian car market for a very long time now and has finally decided to play seriously by investing $ 1 billion (Rs. 6413 crores) and launching 10 new models by 2020. One of these models will be a compact sedan that will be based on the new generation Beat (Spark in international markets), which is also yet to be launched in the country. The compact sedan will be sold alongside the hatchback and will be tailored specifically for the Indian market. It is expected to make its debut in the first half of 2017.
These days, we use our smartphones for everything. Texting and calling are only half of it too – I use mine for navigation, checking hotels, dinner reservations, flight statuses, social media, and listening to music. Such connectivity is nice, but it’s easy to find your phone heating up and the battery dwindling.
Constant use of the device’s data, graphics processors, higher ambient temperatures or simply charging the device can cause or worsen overheating.
That compounds inside vehicles during hot weather, especially sitting in the parking lot. I have come out of the grocery store before, to find my phone on the dreaded 1 percent . . .
Chevrolet is addressing this with Active Phone Cooling, a forthcoming, industry first technology for some of their models. No other manufacturer offers a similar solution, meaning Chevrolet has beat others to the punch with a very useful technology.
GM engineers regularly subject vehicles to the most extreme climates imaginable to ensure everything works properly. While testing a wireless charging feature, they noticed some phones would suspend charging or shut off altogether after being exposed to high temperatures inside a car after a few minutes.
Granted, most smartphones have thermal protection features to preserve battery life, but that protection can be enhanced for customers on the road, using their phones for important business.
An air vent connected directly to the car’s air conditioning and ventilation system is directed to the charging bin, where the phone rests for wireless charging.
DETROIT – Let the sun shine in. Chevrolet will offer a convertible model of the all-new 2016 Camaro, featuring the segment’s most advanced top.
The 2016 Camaro is the only convertible in the segment to offer all of the following:
- Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top
- Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 30 mph
- Remote opening with the key fob
- A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is lowered and stowed.
The electro-hydraulic power roof system features multilayer construction – including acoustic and thermal barriers – designed for a comfortable, quiet driving experience in all seasons. The top emulates the sleek silhouette of the Camaro coupe.
“The 2016 Camaro coupe will set the benchmark for the segment in terms of technology, performance and design,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “Adding the most sophisticated top in the segment brings another level of refinement – and driving enjoyment – to the Camaro convertible.”
The new Camaro convertible arrives in early 2016.
Like the Camaro coupe, the convertible benefits from a stiffer, lighter structure that helps reduce total vehicle weight by at least 200 pounds compared to the model it replaces. Consequently, the Camaro convertible retains the coupe’s sharp chassis tuning and nimble reflexes.
“From the beginning, the Camaro’s architecture was developed to incorporate a convertible with uncompromised driving dynamics,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “Customers will appreciate what they don’t feel: quivers, cowl shake or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible.”
The architecture also enables the Camaro convertible’s sleek design, allowing the top to fold down completely beneath the belt line. The hard tonneau cover automatically covers the folded top, creating a finished appearance.
“With many convertibles, you have to affix a tonneau cover manually – if it’s done at all,” said Tom Peters, design director. “The Camaro convertible’s automatically deploying hard tonneau not only makes it easier to enjoy convertible driving when the inspiration hits, it ensures the car always looks its best.”
About the 2016 Camaro
DETROIT – Chevrolet today introduced the all-new 2016 Cruze – a larger and lighter, more efficient and more sophisticated evolution of the brand’s best-selling global car.
Packed with new technologies such as available Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and new active safety features, as well as a more spacious interior and an athletic, aerodynamically optimized design, the 2016 Cruze elevates the compact car segment – from San Francisco to Shanghai and from Boston to Buenos Aires.
It will be offered in more than 40 global markets and goes on sale first in North America in early 2016. A new, standard 1.4L turbocharged engine with direct injection and an SAE-certified 153 horsepower (113 kW) helps enable a General Motors-estimated 40 mpg on the highway with the available six-speed automatic transmission. Stop/start technology helps enhance the Cruze’s efficiency in stop-and-go driving.
The new turbo engine and a leaner architecture that reduces up to 250 pounds (113 kg) also contribute to the new Cruze’s stronger performance, with expected 0-60-mph acceleration of eight seconds.
“The 2016 Cruze builds on a very successful program that introduced Chevrolet to new customers the world over,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America. “We retained all the attributes that made the original Cruze a hit around the globe and built on them to make this car more sophisticated, more fun and more Chevrolet.”
Vehicle highlights include:
- Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with smartphone integration capability, including a standard seven-inch-diagonal screen and available eight-inch-diagonal screen (at launch, eight-inch screen only with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto coming later)
- New 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection and stop/start technology matched with a standard six-speed manual or available six-speed automatic transmission (North America)
- Maximum highway range of 530 miles per tank
- All-new, stronger and lighter body structure enhances agility, efficiency and safety – with an approximately 250-pound (113 kg) lower curb weight
- Class-leading 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase enhances roominess, contributing to greater rear-seat legroom and more rear knee room
- Projector headlamps with light-emitting diode (LED) signature lighting – and LED daytime running lamps on uplevel models
- More standard features than most competitors’ small cars such as 10 air bags, four-wheel disc brakes, rearview camera and available OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
- New, available features including wireless phone charging, heated rear leather seats and heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Available advanced safety features include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert
- New model range for North America including L, LS, LT and Premier – and a more expressive RS package.
“The new Cruze is truly one of Chevrolet’s most global vehicles,” said Batey. “With content variations dictated mostly by local market demands, customers in every corner of the globe will enjoy the same fundamental dynamics that are making Chevrolet one of the fastest-growing brands around the world.”
In 2017, Chevrolet will introduce a new diesel model for U.S. customers that builds on the success of the current Cruze diesel model.
Wind tunnel-optimized design
The 2016 Cruze’s expressive design balances the designers’ inspiration and the efficiency-optimizing input of wind tunnel testing – leveraging the aero experience of vehicles including the Volt. The result is one of the sleekest-looking cars in the class, with a 0.29 coefficient of drag – an attribute that contributes directly to a GM-estimated 40 mpg on the highway.
Proportionally, the new Cruze is 2.7 inches (68 mm) longer and nearly an inch (25 mm) shorter in height than the current model, giving it a longer and leaner appearance. A faster windshield rake and a faster-sloping rear profile lend a sportier look to the design, while the rear profile culminates in a standard integral rear spoiler that contributes to the car’s aero efficiency.
The sleek profile is complemented by detailed, layered line work in the hood and body-side panels, contributing to an overall impression of muscularity – with an athletic stance enhanced by a longer wheelbase.
“With styling influenced by the acclaimed 2014 Impala and all new Malibu, the 2016 Cruze brings Chevrolet’s new, expressive global design language to the small car segment,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Chevrolet Design. “The Cruze’s approach to proportion and premium details adds to Chevrolet’s elevation of craftsmanship, content, quality and a fresh interpretation of an identity that is unmistakably Chevrolet in every market around the world.”
The headlamps sweep back into the front fenders and an expressive, stacked dual-port grille design offers upscale attention to detail. LT and Premier models feature premium forward lighting systems, including projector-beam headlamps and LED signature daytime running lamps.
Additional design details include:
- The center-rear stop lamp is mounted at the top of the roof line for a more refined appearance
- Seamless rocker panels convey upscale attention to detail and contribute to aerodynamic performance
- Polished aluminum, piano black and bright-finished accents provide a more contemporary, upscale aura to the design
- The RS package includes unique grilles, front and rear fascias, fog lamps, front splitter, rocker panels, rear spoiler and 18-inch wheels on the Premier model.
Roomier, more-connected passenger space
With greater spaciousness and technology, the 2016 Cruze’s interior is designed to be more comfortable and a better connected environment for the driver and passengers.
The greater spaciousness includes more rear legroom (36.1 inches / 917 mm) and two inches (51 mm) more rear knee room – more than Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra. Beyond the quantifiable, there’s greater perceptual spaciousness in the new Cruze, driven by flowing line work in the instrument panel, which blends almost seamlessly with the front door panels.
Like the exterior, the Cruze’s interior – and the instrument panel in particular – feature lean, muscular and layered surfaces built around the Chevrolet-signature dual-cockpit theme. It’s a thoroughly modern design that emphasizes human-technology interaction through the prominent, standard MyLink screen in the “center stack.”
A mixture of accents, from piano black and matte black finishes to bright trim, along with more premium features such as available heated rear leather seats and wireless phone charging, complement the cabin with an upscale ambience generally reserved for midsize sedans – but one that is becoming increasingly important to customers around the globe who want premium amenities in smaller vehicles.
Additional interior features and amenities include:
- Unique center console design for North America with specific user interface details such as a repositioned shifter, more intuitive positioning of the cup holders and enhanced storage
- More soft-touch surfaces and animal-grained, micro-etched surfacing that enhance the premium look and feel of the interior, as well as premium fabrics with French stitching, distinctive for its contrasting stitch colors. Premium leather is available
- 4.2-inch-diagonal high-resolution driver information center in the gauge cluster
- Premium features including heated front cloth seats, heated rear leather-trimmed seats, and heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Through smartphone integration, Cruze’s all-new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system provides simple and intuitive use of smartphones in the vehicle. It integrates certain phone functions onto the Cruze’s seven-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, allowing them to call up music, navigation apps and more. An uplevel MyLink radio with an eight-inch display and navigation is available and also incorporates Apple CarPlay.
Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features owners want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner. This allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay-supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay. Apple CarPlay is compatible with iOS 7.1 or higher.
Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify and podcast players. A full list of supported apps is available at g.co/androidauto. Android Auto requires a phone running an Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or higher.
Using both applications is simple. A “Projection” icon on the MyLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes to indicate CarPlay or Android Auto when a compatible phone is connected via USB.
The Cruze has always been one of the most favorite vehicles from General Motors to ever ply on Indian roads. When it was first introduced in the market, the sedan boasted of good muscular looks, impressive interiors and one hell of a diesel engine. But as time has passed, the Cruze could not live up to its initial fortunes as other car manufacturers started offering more capable and value for money products in the same segment. The Cruze is long due for an update and in what comes as seasoned news, Chevrolet has just revealed the next generation Cruze.
The next generation Cruze boasts to be lighter and bigger than the outgoing model. The vehicle’s design draws heavy inspiration from the Chinese version that was unveiled last year. The China model on the other hand itself draws inspiration from the famous Impala and Malibu models from the Chevrolet stable. Coming to the design characteristics, the new model is actually better looking than the China specific version, drawing a contemporary, European like feeling. The RS model pictured here features uniquely designed grilles, new fog lights, rocker panels, front splitter, massive 18 inch wheels (on the Premier model) and a rear spoiler.
The vehicle rides on GM’s new D2 front-drive architecture that adds 0.6 inches (15 mm) to the wheelbase and 2.7 inches (69 mm) to the overall length, which now stands at 106.3 inches (2700 mm) and 183.7 inches (4,666 mm) respectively. According to the company, the latest generation model offers more rear legroom of 36.1 inches (917 mm) and 2 inches (51 mm) more to the rear knee room as well. Though the vehicle is now larger, overall weight of the Cruze has reduced by 113 kgs even though Chevy has not used any lightweight materials such as carbon fiber, etc.
In words of the car’s executive chief engineer, the 2016 Cruze probably has the most mass-efficient chassis system in the segment that lies at the core of the car’s dynamic driving nature. This is specifically designed to offer more fun and driving pleasure than before. It runs on a MacPherson strut suspension at the front and a torsion beam axle at the rear on the L, LS and LT models, but the new Premier edition gets an enhanced Z-link design. Safety features including a rack-mounted electric power steering, traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, rollover mitigation and anti-lock braking system comes standard across all variants. Alloy wheels are offered in different sizes ranging from 15 to 18 inches.
5 Ways Chevrolet Made 2016 Malibu Segment’s Lightest
Approximately 300-lb weight reduction enhances efficiency, driving dynamics
DETROIT – Engineers developing the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu put the new midsize sedan on a strength-training program, making it sweat out a pound here and a gram there, in a quest to make it more fuel efficient, stronger and safer.
The result is an all-new Malibu that is nearly 300 pounds (136 kg) lighter than the current model – an achievement that not only gives it the segment’s lightest base curb weight, but also contributes to an estimated 48 mpg in city driving for the hybrid model and 37 mpg highway for the 1.5L turbo base engine. A lighter curb weight will also improve ride and handling.
“Imagine you’ve got a 300-pound lineman riding on the roof of your car and he decides to jump off – you’re going to notice a change in performance immediately,” said Jesse Ortega, chief engineer. “That’s what we’ve done with the 2016 Malibu, with the mass savings spread throughout the vehicle, providing greater overall balance, a more responsive and agile driving experience and lower fuel consumption.
“The Malibu team was challenged to look for weight savings in every area of the vehicle, no matter how small, because every gram adds up,” said Ortega. “The aim was to make Malibu the most mass-efficient car in its class.”
Here are five of the most noteworthy mass-saving achievements:
1. Leaner, stronger body structure
More than a third of the 2016 Malibu’s mass savings – approximately 120 pounds (54 kg) – comes from its all-new body structure, which features greater use of high-strength steels, enabling the use of thinner components in some areas, while delivering comparable or better crash performance.
The stronger-yet-lighter structure is also stiffer than the current model, which allowed suspension components to be tuned more precisely. Engineers had less body flex to account for, body flex, which contributes to the new Malibu’s sharper ride-and-handling reflexes.
Development of the Malibu’s structure is the result of extensive computational analysis, which employed sophisticated modeling programs to simulate dozens of design iterations that indicated the most strategic placement for high-strength steel elements such as the pillars and rockers – all while maintaining higher targets for strength, stiffness and crashworthiness.
DETROIT – Chevrolet Cruze, the brand’s best-selling car around the world, has surpassed 3.5 million global sales, a milestone that comes as Chevrolet prepares to introduce the next-generation Cruze on June 24.
“When we introduced the Cruze it replaced 15 other compact vehicles around the globe,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America and global Chevrolet brand chief. “By consolidating design, engineering and marketing efforts, we were able to produce an award-winning, value-driven sedan that won over customers around the world.”
Cruze is sold in 115 countries. The top global markets include China, the United States, Brazil and Canada.
In the United States, Cruze total sales were 273,060 in 2014 – a 10 percent increase over 2013. It is also the segment’s second-best seller to customers under 25 in the U.S. Importantly, Cruze brings new buyers to Chevrolet – 35 percent of all buyers are new to the brand. Additionally, of those who trade in a Cruze, 56 percent stay with Chevrolet and 23 percent trade in for another Cruze.
“In every corner of the globe, Cruze has been successful at introducing new and younger customers to Chevrolet,” said Batey. “Compact car customers are looking for style, safety and connectivity at an affordable price and the Cruze delivers on all fronts.”
The 2016 Cruze will build on the current model’s success, aiming to elevate the segment with more of the features increasingly important for today’s compact car buyers. It will be larger yet lighter than the current model, with new technologies, new powertrains and additional available safety features that will bring a higher level of sophistication to the compact car segment.