What is Magnetic Ride Control?

Magnetic Ride Control
Get a smoother ride with GM’s new Magnetic Ride Control.

It’s been over a decade since General Motors debuted Magnetic Ride Control and it’s quickly become one of the most advanced suspension systems on the road. While the system is incredibly advanced, how it works is fairly easy to explain. Here at Nehls Chevrolet, we have an easy-to-understand explanation of Magnetic Ride Control!

Magnetic Ride Control is the fastest reacting suspension system to hit roadways. By using an Electronic Control Unit and sensors that read road conditions as many as 1,000 times per second, the system can automatically adjust shock absorbers accordingly. The system can read every pothole, crack, twist, bump, and dip a split second before the car rolls over it. Overall, Magnetic Ride Control offers a smoother ride, less vibrations, and improved handling.

How the system works is a tad more complicated.

Each shock absorber is filled with a polymer fluid that includes magnetized iron particles. The shock absorbers are wrapped in electromagnetic coils and, when an electric charge shoots through the liquid, the fluid can change it viscosity instantly. That means the free-flowing fluid can become a solid rubber in next to no time at all.

That means hitting the country road can be smooth driving while hitting the track will bring optimized handling. Originally debuting in the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, Magnetic Ride Control is available on a variety of GM vehicles, including the new Camaro ZL1.

New Chevrolet Cruze

New Chevrolet Cruze Lands in China

New Chevrolet Cruze
The new Chevrolet Cruze has made it to China!

The Chevrolet Cruze quickly became the brand’s bestselling vehicle worldwide and the latest model recently landed in China. Officially debuting on July 20th, the new Chevrolet Cruze brings minor design changes for the market. Considering China is the world’s largest automotive market, odds are the Cruze will continue to do well.

Chevrolet touched up the new Cruze for the Chinese market with a few cosmetic changes. The front fascia sees a different design, most noticeable in the hexagonal grille and headlights. Despite cosmetic changes, the wheelbase remains 106.3-inches long.

Essentially the American version of the popular sedan, the new Chevrolet Cruze joins the older model that’s still being sold in China. That leaves the possibility that the new Cruze could be marketed at the Chevrolet Cruze XL. It wouldn’t be the first time a new model was sold alongside an old version. The ninth-generation Chevrolet Malibu, called the Malibu XL in China, was sold alongside the older version as well.

The new Chevrolet Cruze is available in seven trims with pricing ranging from $16,405 to $25,365. Standard features include heated seats, a seven-inch multi-touch color screen, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and push-button start.

We here at Nehls Chevrolet are happy to see the new Cruze available in more markets!