The subtle changes are not so easy to spot at first glance. But look at it closely and you'll see a redesigned front bumper with new triangular fog lamp clusters. The grill's old honeycomb design was then replaced by a multi-level horizontal pattern, while not so obvious in pictures, the nose is now ever so slightly longer. The rear bumper also gets some re-sculpting to give it more corners.
There are interesting interior variations for the Malaysian and South Korean Cruze. In Malaysia, the cabin is almost identical to what we currently have locally, except for some new leather and fabric seats. The Koreans, on the other hand, get a revamped center stack that includes different air-con vents, a storage console on top, and a touch-screen MyLink infotainment system.
As for engine options, the 2013 Cruze is still powered by the proverbial 1.8L ECOTEC block that produces 140 hp and 176 Nm of torque, with a choice of either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. A 1.7L and 2.0L diesel burners are also available in some parts of the globe for those who want to go green.
Though the changes are very minimal, the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze looks just as good as the first day it hit the showrooms. And if you're wondering when the model will arrive here, we went over to The Covenant Car Company Inc (TCCCI) to ask. Sadly, the boys and girls there still “have no info” when the new Cruze will come, but we're guesstimating it to be sometime in 2013.