2013 Chevy Cruze To Get MyLink Infotainment System
|   Sunday, June 24, 2012
Few can argue against the Cruze's qualities. GM really hit the jackpot with this model on the compact sedan segment. As far as comfort, space and safety and security features go the car has been a serious threat for its rivals. However, in spite of all that there was one big thing missing: something that allowed drivers and passengers to be informed at all times, to make a long journey more pleasant, or simply to be in touch with everyone, everywhere.


We are talking about an infotainment system.
Well, maybe older buyers aren't that interested in that aspect, but it can be said with sufficient accuracy that the younger generations put more emphasis on connectivity than handling abilities, or power. We are not at all certain if that is a good or bad thing; for and against arguments are equally persuasive.

Anyway, back to the topic at hand, GM will include in its 2013 Chevrolet Cruze the MyLink system. Now, we cannot say the old Cruze was a technological waste; it featured BlueTooth tech in almost all its lineup. Now, however, no one will be able to complain. Once the MyLink system is introduced, it will be featured on the 2LT, Eco, and LTZ models, with the 1LT seeing it as an option.

For those who don't know anything about this system: MyLink comes with a color touch screen and a voice command system. The commands are limited to hands-free calling, music, and radio functions. Via BlueTooth we get streaming radio. Furthermore, Gracenote functionality displays playlist and album-art information; plus, Pandora and Stitcher apps use your smartphones data connection but stream seamlessly into the system. Models found at the top will get a new touch screen navigation system that also includes a USB port.

The 2013 model year will benefit from other upgrades on the safety side. Those updates refer to a rear-vision camera system which is now bundled with the other goodies available as part of a Technology Package; a new Enhanced Safety Package includes Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, as well as rear park assist. While the Cruze didn't exactly suffer at this chapter, seeing how the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) selected it as the Top Safety Pick and it passed with flying colors the federal tests, any anything that lowers the risk of something bad happening while on the road is much welcomed.

Other than that, we have nothing new for the 2013 model, with the exception of 3 new colors joining the game: Cyber Gray Metallic, Champagne Silver Metallic, and Atlantic Blue Metallic. To put a bit more life on a car that doesn't exactly lift your soul when you see it, you can use the RS Appearance Package.

As usual, the 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine will come as standard with the LT, LTZ, and Eco models getting the turbo 1.4 liter 4 cylinder unit. The same 6 speed manual and automatic transmission can be found, with mpg rating being still the same (the Eco models get the best rating at 42 mpg on the highway).
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