Chevrolet Cruze on track for April 2009 for European markets

The Chevrolet Cruze is one of the most anticipated compact cars by GM in years. While a pinch in GM’s cash flow has delayed the launch of the U.S. model to 2011 (originally scheduled for April 2010), the European debut of the Cruze is on track for April and May of 2009.

The Chevrolet Cruze fits into the brand’s lower-medium segment, which accounts for 21.3 percent of the European automotive market making it the second-largest segment after small cars. According to Chevrolet’s Europe Executive Director Wayne Brannon, Chevy hopes to sell 20,000 to 25,000 units of the Cruze in Europe.

Brannon said that this is the first of the new-generation of Chevrolets that have a more premium look and appeal, reports Automotive News Europe.

The Europeans will get the Cruze with a lineup of 4-cylinder engines ranging from 112-hp, 140-hp and a 150-hp 2.0L turbo diesel. All models will be offered with a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze: