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Manual Death: 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Going Auto-Only

Manual Death: 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Going Auto-Only

The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze appears to be joining a growing list of vehicles that no longer offer a manual gearbox. Preliminary documents show the car listed for the 2019 model year with automatic transmissions only.

Information on the 2019 model comes from GM’s 2019 VIN Card, which shows all engine and transmission combinations that will be offered for 2019. In this case, the Cruze is shown with both its current turbocharged 1.4-liter gas engine and 1.6-liter diesel, mated exclusively to automatics.

Today Chevy offers a manual on the 1.4-liter engine.

What is new on the 2019 Cruze is the addition of the Malibu’s 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, paired to a CVT automatic. It is worth noting that just because this engine is listed does not mean it will actually be sold on the U.S. market. It is possible that engine will be for export markets.

So far the 2019 VIN Card is listed as “initial,” meaning it is subject to change, so perhaps the manual could reappear before 2019 Cruzes begin rolling off the line.


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    My experience with the Cruze indicated that this is far from an enthusiast's car. And, according to Car and Driver, the manual was pretty dreadful anyway. No big shock here. Chevy seems to have decided that enthusiasts only want ponycars and sports cars and those wanting/needing a bit more practicality aren't interested in driving fun. Thankfully, other manufacturers disagree!
    The only way to get a manual going forward will be on specialty vehicles like the Focus RS/Civic SI or Camaro/Mustang type vehicles. Even then I can see dual clutch transmissions taking the place of the hot hatches. How long before Ford and GM boldly go where no muscle car has gone before and experiment with dual clutch transmissions on those?
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