The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan will be unveiled just over three weeks from today--although we've already seen it, more or less.

A version of the next-generation Cruze was unveiled in China more than a year ago, but the version that will be sold in the U.S. won't appear until June 24.

Confirmation of the 2016 Cruze's debut date came from General Motors in the same week as the Google I/O conference.

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[UPDATE: Chevrolet released a teaser image of the 2016 Cruze yesterday. We've added it to the story, along with some additional comments from the accompanying Chevy press release.]

So perhaps it's not surprising that the first details released about the U.S.-spec Cruze are that it will be offered with Google's Android Auto smartphone connectivity--as well as rival Apple's CarPlay.

These systems allow drivers to control certain smartphone functions using a car's built-in buttons, and voice-command system.

Buyers will have to specify the MyLink infotainment system with 7.0-inch touchscreen to get access to both systems. An 8.0-inch version will also be available at launch, but with CarPlay only.

Apple CarPlay in 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Apple CarPlay in 2016 Chevrolet Cruze

Based on what we've seen of the Chinese-spec Cruze, those touchscreens will be attached to an interior that's somewhat more upscale than the current Cruze's.

From what we can see in Chevy's teaser image, the U.S.-spec Cruze exterior should be fairly close to the version unveiled in China last year.

The exterior will be quite different as well, with a faster roofline and shorter overhangs for a more compact appearance.

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Chevy claims the new Cruze will be larger overall than the outgoing model--but also lighter.

Underneath the sleeker styling, the 2016 Cruze will also feature engines from GM's updated Ecotec line.

The Chinese version launched with two four-cylinder gasoline versions: a 113-horsepower 1.5-liter, and a 148-hp 1.4-liter.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze (Chinese spec), 2014 Beijing Auto Show

2016 Chevrolet Cruze (Chinese spec), 2014 Beijing Auto Show

It also launched with six-speed manual and automatic transmission options, as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch unit.

However, the powertrain options offered in the U.S. may be different, although still picked from the new Ecotec line.

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It's possible that the Cruze Diesel and efficiency-focused gasoline Cruze Eco will return alongside the more mainstream offerings, but nothing has been confirmed yet.

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be built at the same Lordstown, Ohio, plant that builds the current-generation Cruze.


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