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2016--2018+ Chevrolet Cruze / Cruze Hatch - 1.4L Turbo Advantage

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TRIFECTA is pleased to announce the Generation II Chevrolet Cruze MY2016--2018+ vehicle software recalibration (reflash) for vehicles utilizing the 1.4L turbo (LE2) engine with either the 6 speed automatic transmission (6T35 / RPO:MNU) or 6 speed manual transmission (M32-6/ RPO: MF3). Specific gains over factory calibration are up to (uncorrected) 97lb-ft of torque and 59 horsepower, with peak gains showing at up to 74lb-ft of torque and 51 horsepower, with no vehicle modifications beyond the calibration.
The TRIFECTA Powertrain Calibration for the Generation II MY2016--2018+ Chevrolet Cruze includes a TRIFECTA flash loader.
Specifications of the TRIFECTA Performance Generation II MY2016--2018+ Chevrolet Cruze 1.4L turbo LE2 ECM software reprogramming:
-gains of up to +97 ft-lbs and +59 WHP under the curve (and +74 ft-lbs and +51 WHP peak) on 92 octane
-Powertrain calibration has been tested and validated for various environments, such as cold/heat, elevation, and variations in fuel quality
-Power feels linear and immediately responsive (improved drivability and throttle attentiveness)
-Retains all GM OE diagnostics and ECM functionality
-Retains all OE error code reporting and functionality
-Emissions readiness checks are present; emissions compliant
-Maintains functionality of ABS and TC systems
-Knock detection mechanisms and OE engine knock detection sensitivity is retained
-The TRIFECTA flash loader and Transparency featureset does not increment the ECM write counter or increment entries in the flash history
-Return to stock functionality included with flash loader
Specifications of the TRIFECTA Performance Generation II MY2016--2018+ Chevrolet Cruze 6T35 (Gen 3) 6-Speed automatic transmission TCM calibration software reprogramming:
-Supplementary 6T35 Gen 3 (autostop capable) transmission TCM reprogramming compliments the ECM reprogramming and completes the TRIFECTA Powertrain Calibration: designed to work in unison with the ECM reprogramming for optimized performance
-Improved shift times in adverse shift patterns
-Improved shift logic (improved drivability)
-Does not shorten transmission life or increase cooling requirements
-Retains all OE diagnostics and TCM functionality
-Retains all OE error code reporting and functionality
-Improved fuel economy with improvements made to torque converter slip profiles
-Retains all factory drive modes: Drive, “L quadrant”
Supplementary Featureset of the TRIFECTA Performance Generation II MY2016--2018+ Chevrolet Cruze powertrain calibration software reprogramming:
-TRIFECTA PASM (Performance Auto Stop Mode):
When the cruise control subsystem is armed (via the steering wheel button), auto-stop works normally, just as it did from the factory. When the cruise control subsystem is disarmed, auto-stop events are re-calibrated with sport and performance strictly in mind (available only with vehicles equipped with cruise control from the factory).
Furthermore, the feature can be enabled and disabled at any time. For example:
If the vehicle is auto-stopped, switching the cruise control subsystem off causes the engine to restart immediately.
If the engine is running because no auto-stop event could occur due to the cruise control system being disabled, enabling it will cause the engine to stop immediately, provided all of the other auto-stop criteria above is met as well.
-TRIFECTA DSVM (Driver Selectable Vehicle Modes):
Modify driving profiles based on the cruise control enable setting (vehicles equipped with cruise control only)
Cruise Control ON (armed) = Vehicle responds to pedal input and shift logic similar to factory programming
Cruise Control OFF (disarmed / TRIFECTA mode) = Vehicle responds more aggressively to throttle input, shifts are optimized for performance*
* - Fuel economy observed in TRIFECTA mode was observed to be similar to original factory fuel economy figures assuming “regular” driving style is adhered to
-TRIFECTA Advanced Zoned Knock Control Algorithm:
Customized operating system enhancements allow for zoning of knock adaptation factors to provide superior dynamic knock detection and control. Allows for operation with improved power profiles under factory-specified minimum fuel requirements (“87 octane” – see owner's manual for full details) as well as fully optimized power with higher octane fuels.
Installation Notes:
-Estimated installation time of ~20 minutes
-Premium fuel is recommended for maximum power output, but not required
1.4L turbo LE2 dyno (on 92 octane pump gas) (this vehicle is a 2016--2018+ Chevrolet Cruze with the 1.4L turbo LE2 engine) - stock wheels/tires

Additional information and availability:
- This powertrain calibration includes a TRIFECTA powertrain calibration file specific to your vehicle and includes a flash loader device
-Advertised gains are quoted as 'up to' and may be less for a vehicle operated at altitudes higher than near sea level.
The TRIFECTA Advantage Calibration is meant for 100% stock vehicles. No individualizations or support for parts that do not function on factory calibration (if you have such modifications, be sure to check with us prior to placing order).
- Custom features such as DSVM and PASM may not be available on non-US market vehicles. Please inquire with us prior to purchase if you have an export model or other non-US specification Cruze.
Automotive Press:
Autoguide - TRIFECTA Performance Gives us a Reason to Want a Chevrolet Cruze


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About 2016--2018+ Chevrolet Cruze / Cruze Hatch - 1.4L Turbo Advantage

TRIFECTA is pleased to announce the Generation II Chevrolet Cruze MY2016--2018+ vehicle software recalibration (reflash) for vehicles utilizing the 1.4L turbo (LE2) engine with either the 6 speed automatic transmission (6T35 / RPO:MNU) or 6 speed manual transmission (M32-6/ RPO: MF3). Specific gains over factory calibration are up to (uncorrected) 97lb-ft of torque and 59 horsepower, with peak gains showing at up to 74lb-ft of torque and 51 horsepower, with no vehicle modifications beyond the calibration.

The TRIFECTA Powertrain Calibration for the Generation II MY2016--2018+ Chevrolet Cruze includes a TRIFECTA flash loader.

Specifications of the TRIFECTA Performance Generation II MY2016--2018+ Chevrolet Cruze 1.4L turbo LE2 ECM software reprogramming:

-gains of up to +97 ft-lbs and +59 WHP under the curve (and +74 ft-lbs and +51 WHP peak) on 92 octane
-Powertrain calibration has been tested and validated for various environments, such as cold/heat, elevation, and variations in fuel quality
-Power feels linear and immediately responsive (improved drivability and throttle attentiveness)
-Retains all GM OE diagnostics and ECM functionality
-Retains all OE error code reporting and functionality
-Emissions readiness checks are present; emissions compliant
-Maintains functionality of ABS and TC systems
-Knock detection mechanisms and OE engine knock detection sensitivity is retained
-The TRIFECTA flash loader and Transparency featureset does not increment the ECM write counter or increment entries in the flash history
-Return to stock functionality included with flash loader

Specifications of the TRIFECTA Performance Generation II MY2016--2018+ Chevrolet Cruze 6T35 (Gen 3) 6-Speed automatic transmission TCM calibration software reprogramming:

-Supplementary 6T35 Gen 3 (autostop capable) transmission TCM reprogramming compliments the ECM reprogramming and completes the TRIFECTA Powertrain Calibration: designed to work in unison with the ECM reprogramming for optimized performance
-Improved shift times in adverse shift patterns
-Improved shift logic (improved drivability)
-Does not shorten transmission life or increase cooling requirements
-Retains all OE diagnostics and TCM functionality
-Retains all OE error code reporting and functionality
-Improved fuel economy with improvements made to torque converter slip profiles
-Retains all factory drive modes: Drive, “L quadrant”

Supplementary Featureset of the TRIFECTA Performance Generation II MY2016--2018+ Chevrolet Cruze powertrain calibration software reprogramming:

-TRIFECTA PASM (Performance Auto Stop Mode):

When the cruise control subsystem is armed (via the steering wheel button), auto-stop works normally, just as it did from the factory. When the cruise control subsystem is disarmed, auto-stop events are re-calibrated with sport and performance strictly in mind (available only with vehicles equipped with cruise control from the factory).

Furthermore, the feature can be enabled and disabled at any time. For example:

If the vehicle is auto-stopped, switching the cruise control subsystem off causes the engine to restart immediately.

If the engine is running because no auto-stop event could occur due to the cruise control system being disabled, enabling it will cause the engine to stop immediately, provided all of the other auto-stop criteria above is met as well.

-TRIFECTA DSVM (Driver Selectable Vehicle Modes):

Modify driving profiles based on the cruise control enable setting (vehicles equipped with cruise control only)

Cruise Control ON (armed) = Vehicle responds to pedal input and shift logic similar to factory programming

Cruise Control OFF (disarmed / TRIFECTA mode) = Vehicle responds more aggressively to throttle input, shifts are optimized for performance*

* - Fuel economy observed in TRIFECTA mode was observed to be similar to original factory fuel economy figures assuming “regular” driving style is adhered to

-TRIFECTA Advanced Zoned Knock Control Algorithm:

Customized operating system enhancements allow for zoning of knock adaptation factors to provide superior dynamic knock detection and control. Allows for operation with improved power profiles under factory-specified minimum fuel requirements (“87 octane” – see owner's manual for full details) as well as fully optimized power with higher octane fuels.

Installation Notes:

-Estimated installation time of ~20 minutes
-Premium fuel is recommended for maximum power output, but not required

1.4L turbo LE2 dyno (on 92 octane pump gas) (this vehicle is a 2016--2018+ Chevrolet Cruze with the 1.4L turbo LE2 engine) - stock wheels/tires

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Additional information and availability:

- This powertrain calibration includes a TRIFECTA powertrain calibration file specific to your vehicle and includes a flash loader device
-Advertised gains are quoted as 'up to' and may be less for a vehicle operated at altitudes higher than near sea level.
The TRIFECTA Advantage Calibration is meant for 100% stock vehicles. No individualizations or support for parts that do not function on factory calibration (if you have such modifications, be sure to check with us prior to placing order).
- Custom features such as DSVM and PASM may not be available on non-US market vehicles. Please inquire with us prior to purchase if you have an export model or other non-US specification Cruze.

Automotive Press:

Autoguide - TRIFECTA Performance Gives us a Reason to Want a Chevrolet Cruze

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kgr132

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

This tune made my 2018 Cruze into the car it should've been when it was delivered from the factory. Absolutely a major upgrade for minimal cash. When I'm feeling mellow, I can get 40-42 mpg on the highway, just like the stock tune. If I feel like letting it all hang out, it's a heck of a fun ride. You won't take a Corvette or anything like that, but I've surprised more than one 3-series BMW and Audi A4. I've found that turning off the traction control so it doesn't get in the way helps. I have a manual transmission (yes, the gearing is stupidly wide spaced) and the engine is totally stock right down to the air filter. Your results may vary, but I can hit the redline in 5th gear at a speed not recommended unless you've done something to fix the hatchback aerodynamics. There were a few hiccups at the outset, but the Trifecta Team's customer service has been first rate and my tune is awesome.

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master_1011

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Best purchase you can make for a Cruze, second only to gasoline. :)

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MikeWeso

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Tuned my 2018 Cruze Hatch, Auto Trans with the Turbo Advantage calibration. Car was kind of fun to drive before but was really lacking in throttle response and acceleration.  After flashing the tune it feels like a completely different car... Feels more comparable to GM's 2.0T, obviously not as much power but almost as fun to drive.  The torque doesn't feel like it dies off after 4000rpm like with the stock calibration and the transmission seems far less confused.  Now it's always in the right gear at the right time.  This tune on a car that weighs less than 3000lbs makes for a fun daily! Would recommend to anyone who is considering Trifecta.

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Mike Mondello

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All I can say is WOW!! This was money well spent. While this tune is not meant to make the Cruze a race car, it certainly woke it up. The performance is a VERY noticeable improvement. This tune even resolved the majority of the (auto) transmission "chugging" and the shifts are precise. Under hard acceleration, the motor stays in the power curve and passing, even at highway speeds is effortless, as well as just merging into traffic. You don't need to second guess if you're going to make it or not (just use common sense). Overall, I'm super impressed, and the fuel mileage is still awesome. Stop reading all the reviews and JUST DO IT, you won't regret it. BTW, Installation is a snap too.

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brodinn92

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The way the car should be.

 

I swear this makes this car feel alive! Really responsive, smooth and smart shift points and really gets up and goes when you floor it!

 

Night and day driving difference compared the stock. If you have a car compatible with Trifecta then do not hesitate to get your car enhanced! You'll actually love your car more than you did before! 

Gas milage is better (when not driving too hard) and I don't have to mess with the odd transmission logic for downshifts and odd acceleration points. 

Definitely recommended to have a good time. 

5 out of 5 stars. 

 

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booyakashao

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I installed it this morning. It's quite cold but the installation went through quick enough so I didn't freeze to death. Anyway I could feel the difference and switching from stock to tune was easy and verified the change. 

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dragarth

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I've been using this tune for just about a full year now, save a couple weeks, and close to 35,000 miles within that year. This tune is hands down the best money I've put into this car, feels like it should have come from the factory this way. The transmission doesn't feel confused anymore, power from 3rd+ is absolutely wonderful for a little 1.4T. As for other reviews, yes, you will not be spanking any high powered cars such as a 5.0 'stang, 'vettes, SRT-8s, etc. BUT you will be faster than most of the vehicles on the streets. Hell, I've pulled away from both a RWD and AWD Infiniti G35 (separate occasions of course), most cars around that HP range will take you from the line but from a roll it's a different story. Also, sometimes it's fun to give about half throttle and watch your headlights raise up from the acceleration, then drop back down as soon as you let off with a tiny little BOV "psssewwww."

I will admit there has been slight hiccups, but the customer service offered by Trifecta is second to none. They are incredibly responsive, actually care about your vehicle and will attempt any way within their power to make things right with your situation. That perk in itself is worth the price, a company that actually cares about service after the sale.

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goliath414

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Exactly as advertised...  As so many others have stated, this makes the Cruze perform the way GM "should" have built it.

This tune won't turn the car into a high performance machine, but it will put the fun back into driving it - putting a smile on your face.

A must have - great work on Trifecta's part.

(if only they could fix the horrible gear ratios in the manual trans - such tall gearing for fuel economy kills it - with this tune and the right gearing you could truly make a hot hatch out of this car).  Oh well - still fun to drive now.

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Saint Nick

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I can not believe what a difference this calibration made to my Cruze! In just a few minutes it went from a mild-mannered gas saver to a car that is incredibly fun to drive. Everything feels different, from the throttle response to the torque, it feels like a completely different car than what I left the dealership with. My fuel economy averages slightly better when driving normally, and the local youngsters with mustangs and Camaros hate what it can do from a stop light. Trifecta's customer support is excellent! If you are on the fence about a calibration, do it! You will be amazed at what your Cruze can do!

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accracker

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Awesome tune. Never thought there would be that much of an increase of power to my 2016 Cruze. Night and day difference. And the support is excellent. Every question I had they answered quickly.

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ccarson05

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Had a ‘15 Cruze with Trifecta Mod, couldn’t live without it with that small motor. Went to a 2.0 Malibu and ran stock, the car was amazing. Traded it back to an ‘18 Cruze RS Redline and really missed the power of the 2.0. Compared to the first Cruze stock, the new LE2 motor performed better, but really not enough to make it enjoyable.

 

Purchased Trifecta Mod for the new ‘18 1.4t Cruze and — wow! Not the performance of the 2.0 Malibu, but definitely how this car should be from factory. Passing on 2 lane roads, not a problem. Highway/ On-ramp acceleration - not a problem. I still believe we can get more out of this motor with a stock setup, but I understand Trifecta peeps have their reasons for not maxing the boost out.

 

If you’re debating or looking into the benefits of this mod, stop. Buy it, you won’t regret it. Your Cruze will feel “confident” on the road.

 

Chris C.

Cincinnati, OH

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Dan87

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I never really loved my Cruze too much because there was always just something missing when driving it daily to and from work. It was just a bit of a boring driver. Very mediocre power, lazy responses from the gas pedal and transmission. Then come the purchase of the Trifecta tune and MY "tune" about the Cruze has definitely changed. The tune has definitely woken the car up. Before I constantly felt like I wished the car had more power, especially in scenarios where I needed to pass someone,or merge into traffic, or entering the highway. Post tune, I no longer have any driving scenarios where I feel like I NEED more power out of the car. The power is just there, and it comes on early, and it comes on strong. The 3,000 to 4,000 RPM range is especially strong on the car after the Trifecta tune. It will put a smile on your face and is hands down the best bang for your buck upgrade. The flashing process was easy, the customer support and response times were also quick. I never went more than 24 hours before hearing back for any suggestions, questions, or concerns. Great work on this new tune for the 2016+ Cruze, I'm a fan! I run nothing but 93 octane in my Cruze and recommend that anyone else do too for best performance. I really don't think anyone would regret applying this to their Cruze. So far I have over 300 miles on the tune and loving it. The only negative I can give is that it takes a little bit to get used to the difference in how the car drives. I keep finding myself excessively speeding because it gets up to speed so much quicker.

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zippy8792

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AWESOME,

 

I bought another great tune for my new car. This added a degree of power and certainty makes the car more fun to drive and a better merger on the freeway. The shift points are better as well and doesn't feel like it is confused anymore. I would recommend this wholeheartedly. My MPG has gotten slightly better over stock. Of course if hitting the pedal hard you may lose a bit, but much more fun. I do run 91 or better octane but I do this in all of my turbo cars. As always the support is outstanding and my questions are answered quickly. I will use these guys again and would think after trying this you will too!! Thanks for an amazing product .

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DETROITMUSCLE

  

I have tuned at least a dozen cars over the past 10 years with Trifecta's calibrations and they never disappoint!  This 1.4 Gen 2 cruize tune is right up there with my LNF tune. Such a huge increase in twist in such a light car. And when I take long road trips my fuel mileage is well over the factory EPA estimated numbers! This tune made my daily commute a riot!

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Dylan1303

  

Best tune money can buy for a second gen cruze. Really wakes it up. Doesn't have a flat power band anymore. Just keeps pulling to redline. They even had support for my gmpp intake. Really like this this tune over a competitors tune. Trifecta has way better customer service than other tuning company's.  

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PolarisX

  

I've been loving this tune. The stock programming is lazy and sloppy for both the engine and transmission. Reaching way too far for downshifts, weird boost building, lazy shifts that take so long you'd think it was damaged. This tune fixes all that non sense. The best part is the torque output increase is really substantial, my DWS06s are having a hard time hooking up now from a dead stop. I drove GM 3800 S/C and non S/C cars for years and this tune really makes me feel more at home driving again. I've named the button to disable the tune the "sad mode button" now.

Support is great too, even if you think your question is dumb they will answer and explain themselves / the issue. Installation is really easy, after you do it once you'll wonder why you were worried about it in the first place.

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Felpa41@gmail.com

  

I truly like this tune. My Cruze drives and performs much better. I had to obtain the services of a computer guy in order to install the tune, but it was well worth the effort and the modest added cost.

 

I think my fuel mileage is at least as good as stock, maybe little better, but I'm using 93 octane gas. The added power is really remarkable and I assume this is because the car is turbocharged and the boost is higher with the tune. Shifting is much improved and optimized for performance. Throttle response is crisp and predictable. I now have complete confidence in the car when I need to merge into traffic or pass another vehicle. No more hoping for a proper downshift or worrying about the car missing a beat when I step on the accelerator to accelerate after the auto stop was engaged.

 

I really liked my Cruze before the tune, primarily because of the great fuel economy, the roomy interior (for a compact car), and its good looks. Now the car is really fun to drive and that is a real plus. Now I REALLY like my Cruze. I always look forward to driving the car now that it performs so well.

 

I heartily recommend this tune to those who enjoy a vehicle that is fun to drive.

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