Preview – 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

The new Chevrolet Cruze, replacement for the compact Cobalt, should be coming our way come 2010, according to Motor Authority.

The website says the new compact Chevy will be built off a new platform that should form the basis of many small future General Motors cars. It is expected to be Chevy’s new “global car,” designed to be successful in markets all around the world – that is, mostly in places where gas is pricier (yes, they exist) and the roads smaller than in the U.S., making Impala ownership impractical.

Our version in the states should be powered by a turbocharged 1.4 liter four-cylinder that may pump out around 140 horsepower, and will supposedly get around 40 miles per gallon on the highway. City mileage should be close to 30 mpg, according to the site.

Our friends in Europe, ironically, may get the newest Chevy before we do; Chevrolet communications representative Nancy Libby told Automotive News the Cruze would go on sale there in the latter part of 2009. The car is scheduled to be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show this October, which seems to support that idea; however, given the recent increase in interest in small cars stateside, don’t be too surprised if the premiere gets bumped back to the 2009 Detroit show in January, or the December L.A. Auto Show.

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