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.