American carmaker Chevrolet has problems with selling the Cruze wagon and the Cruze hatchback in the United States, which makes they a little frustrated. Because of this, the carmaker turned for help and asked Walkinshaw Performance aftermarket specialists to develop a tuning program for the Holden version of the Cruze, hoping to obtain better sales results. The hatchback has as base the Australian made Series II Holden Cruze SRIV model, powered by the 1.4-liter iTi 4-cylinder turbo charged engine.
The standard model is powered by a 1.4-liter turbo Ecotec engine capable of developing 241 horsepower and 229 lb. ft. of torque after the modifications and this means 180 kW up from 103 kW. This is quite impressive in comparison with the standard output of 138 horsepower and 148 lb. ft. of torque. In conclusion, the Holden Walkinshaw Performance has 75 % more power and 55 % more torque. The tuner is a little scarce with offering details on how they obtained this output, but it seems that the Cruze upgrade package is more complex than this.
The Walkinshaw Performance engineers also offered improved suspension and upgraded braking system. Unfortunately the price for the new Cruize Holden Walkinshaw Performance was not made public yet. The hot Cruize hatchback is the first Australian Cruize with upgrades offered by the Walkinshaw Performance team. The ranges of custom packages are suited for any pocket. After hundreds of hours of testing, refinement and discussions, the Walkinshaw Performance team will offer a very special and unique product. The reaction of the public and the possible buyers will be analyzed after the launch.
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