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New Lordstown made Chevy Cruze features wireless connectivity

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NEW YORK - Chevrolet has unveiled the latest version of the Lordstown produced Cruze at the New York International Auto show.

General Motors says that in addition to exterior revisions, the 2015 Cruze features greater connectivity – including new Text Message Alerts, Apple Siri integration and OnStar 4G LTE with available Wi-Fi hotspot.

Chevy says  that new voice-controlled features enhance safety when responding to text messages in the vehicle.

GM says the facelift on Cruze LS, LT, RS and LTZ models show a prominent dual-port front fascia contributing a more cohesive look across Chevrolet's sedan range – including LED daytime running lamps on LT and LTZ trims. The Cruze's swept-back headlamps are designed to project a sportier image. Several new exterior and interior colors will also be offered for 2015.

Updates on the interior enhance convenience:

  • Revised cup holders make it easier to insert and remove cups
  • Trunk release relocated to the center console
  • Door lock switches relocated from the center console to the front doors.

In addition to LS, LT, RS and LTZ models, the 2015 Cruze lineup includes Cruze Eco (EPA-rated 42 mpg highway) and Cruze Diesel (EPA 46 mpg highway), the most efficient non-hybrid passenger car in America. GM says that's about 10 percent greater efficiency than the Volkswagen Jetta TDI. The Cruze also delivers more horsepower (151 hp) and torque (264 lb-ft), than the Jetta TDI (140 hp / 236 lb-ft). Cruze Diesel's driving range is up to 717 miles per tank.

Cruze has 10 standard air bags – including side-impact and knee air bags for front passengers – and offers side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist and a rearview camera.

The enhanced connectivity and convenience features for the 2015 Cruze include a new Text Message Alerts feature for smart phone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), which reads incoming texts through the vehicle's speakers, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users to enhance connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity, to help keep phones in pockets and hands on the wheel.

Additional standard and available features include:

  • Seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen and additional USB ports
  • Chevrolet connected by OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Next-generation OnStar and MyLink enhancements with enhanced voice recognition
  • Available Chevrolet AppShop (later availability)
  • Available navigation.

OnStar 4G LTE with available Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers with easy access to apps and services that require a high-speed data connection. 4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network – 10 times faster than 3G.

GM says that OnStar offers stronger, broader coverage than smart phones on the same network and features ease of  use: If the vehicle is on, the connection is on, allowing passengers to connect personal devices such as smart phones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless Internet. Each vehicle can accommodate seven devices at one time.

The Chevrolet AppShop allows owners to view all available apps and download them directly to the vehicle, then organize, update or delete them as needed. Available apps connect drivers to vehicle data, music, news, weather, travel information and more.

Cruze is Chevrolet's best-selling car around the world, with more than 2.5 million sold globally since its launch in mid-2010.

 

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