SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- GM Korea Co., the South Korean unit of U.S. automaker General Motors Co., introduced the all new Chevrolet Cruze here Tuesday, calling it the first of its kind in what it said will be a brand new segment of semi-mid size cars.
The new Chevrolet Cruze has the longest body among all compact cars, while its design and performance will make it a premium sedan that will upgrade the entire segment of compact cars to the next level, the company said in a press release.
The first new Cruze in nine years comes with GM's latest and most advanced technologies that make it one of the lightest and most efficient cars available.
Its 1.4-liter turbo engine produces maximum horsepower of 153 and 24.5 kg-meter torque, and has an average mileage of 13.5 kmpl, one of the highest for vehicles in its segment, according to GM Korea.
Up to 74.6 percent of the car's body is made of advanced steel, including 21 percent made of press hardened steel, making it one of the safest cars.
Also, various safety and convenient features, such as the side blind spot alert system and advanced parking assist system, make the car one of the safest vehicles in all segments, the company said.
GM Korea began accepting preorders for the vehicle Tuesday.
The all new Chevrolet Cruze has a price range of 18.9 million won to 24.78 million won (US$15,962-$20,929), inclusive of value added tax.