Turns out, this thing we thought was the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze isn't actually the Chevy Cruze that we'll get here. There's a chance it'll be very different. But it probably won't be.

Doctor Shieldsy showed us today how practical of a design it might be:

Plain. Plain plain plain plain plane.

True. But as we've learned with great debate from the 2014 Toyota Corolla, it's conservatism that sells in this mainstream class.


The current Cruze is an inoffensive-looking car. Aside from splashes of chrome here and there, it's barely styled at all. That's the Corolla School of Design's influences. And last year Chevy sold almost a quarter of a million of them in the U.S. alone.

So even though this Cruze isn't the Cruze we're going to get in the U.S., I can understand if it's not far off from the Cruze we do get. And unless it's a step backwards like the current Chevy Malibu is, it should be a strong seller, right?