During its dealer conference in Las Vegas, Chevrolet showed off the 2019 Chevy Cruze and Spark. For 2019, Chevy will begin offering the Cruze hatchback in a more affordable LS trim. Chevy will also make an “LS” option package available to the lower-trimmed Cruze sedans, which comes with different wheels, cruise control and remote start. Remote start and automatic climate controls are now standard on the LT and Premier trimmed Cruze.
2019 Chevy Cruze and Spark front and rear bumpers look aggressive
Across the board, the new Cruze sedans and hatchbacks get updated front and rear fascias and a revamped infotainment system. The 2019 Cruze front and rear bumpers look more aggressive than the outgoing ’18. New Cruzes will also get new taillights with LED accent lighting. The standard 7.0-inch infotainment system is now running Chevy’s latest Infotainment 3 system. Chevy also cut half of the ways to build the Cruze, making the ordering and the building process both easier.
The rest? Well, it’s about the same — and that’s not a bad thing. The 1.6-liter diesel is still available in hatchback and sedan form, with the 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline I4 still standard issue. There aren’t any bumps in performance, which means the diesel-burning 1.6-liter still makes 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The 1.4-liter gas mill continues making 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque
The available safety features, too, are the same: Lane change alert with blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, a following distance indicator, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist and low-speed braking.
The refreshed Spark didn’t get quite the same treatment — just a minor styling update with a new grille, front fascia and wheel choices. It also now has available low-speed forward automatic braking as part of the Driver Confidence package.
The 2019 Cruze and Spark will both go on sale later this year.