Chevrolet has announced the new 2010 Cruze will be priced significantly lower than key competitors when it is launched in the UK this summer.

While the Chevrolet Volt and its corporate cousin the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera have gained a lot of attention as cars that will make or break GM, the truth is more mainstream models such as the Cruze will play a much more important role. GM obviously understands this and has responded accordingly by announcing that the Cruze will be priced significantly lower than key competitors when it is launched in the UK this summer.

Four engine choices will be offered with motivation for the £11,545 entry-level model being provided by a 1.6-liter petrol engine with 113PS. A slightly more powerful 1.8-liter petrol engine with 141PS will only be available in LT trim which starts at £13,595. On the diesel side there are two versions of the 2.0-liter VCDi engine with the base 125PS version going for £13,495 while the range-topping 2.0 VCDi LT with 150PS commands £15,195.

Several different trim levels are also available depending on which engine an owner chooses. Base S models come equipped with remote central locking, a CD audio system, electric front windows, as well as a fully-adjustable driver's seat and steering wheel. The mid-level LS trim package boasts standard air conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, a chrome grille, front fog lights and reverse parking sensors. High-end LT models feature premium amenities such as cruise control, climate control, an automatic dimming rear view mirror, an upgraded stereo system, power windows, additional chrome detailing, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

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