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Soundgate Powerstage System by Kicker

Upgrade the factory sound system in select 2011-up Chevy Cruze models (without Pioneer Audio)

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by Buck Pomerantz
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Transform your Cruze's factory sound system

You've got a great set of wheels, but something's missing: the sound of the Chevy factory radio leaves a lot to be desired. Low power, less-then-ideal speaker placement, and dialed-back bass all contribute to the unhappy situation. This Soundgate Powerstage system upgrade by Kicker will transform your Cruze's stock radio and speakers into a high-fidelity sound system capable of giving you full, accurate, and richly-textured musical pleasure. And it does it without changing the look of your Cruze's interior or dash.

processor/amp with wiring

The digital processor/amp and the wiring
are custom-fit for your vehicle.

It plugs into your factory wiring with no cutting

The heart of the system is the Powerstage processor/amp module that plugs in between your car's stock receiver and speakers with the help of a Cruze-specific wiring harness. Kicker's technicians measured the acoustics of the Cruze's interior, then developed a program to get the strongest and cleanest audio performance possible from the stock speakers. The Powerstage module breathes new life into your vehicle's factory system, automatically correcting for the limitations of the factory speakers, then adding plenty of power so the speakers can sound their best.

Of course, there's a subwoofer with it

It wouldn't be a sonic upgrade without a subwoofer to bring bass magic to the mix. Kicker includes a custom-fit, powered subwoofer that mounts in the trunk, neatly tucked into a recess on the left side. A 200-watt amplifier provides the power you need to feel the bass from the 10" sub in the front seat.

Substage for 2011-up Chevy Cruze

Substage™ for the Cruze mounts in the trunk.

Do it yourself and save

This Soundgate upgrade package comes with all the hardware and brackets you'll need, and all the wiring is pre-cut and terminated to help make the installation easier. Step-by-step, illustrated instructions make this sonic upgrade a fun and rewarding project.

Important Note: This upgrade package will only work with the 2011-up Chevy Cruze with the basic 6-speaker system. It will not work in a Cruze with the premium (Pioneer) sound system.

Highlights:

  • audio upgrade system
  • fits 2011-up Chevy Cruze with basic, 4-speaker factory system
  • package includes:
    • digital signal processor with built-in 4-channel amplifier
    • processor features pre-set high-pass filters, EQs, and speaker time alignment
    • amplifier: 50 watts RMS x 4 at 4 ohms
    • vehicle-specific harness connects processor to factory stereo
    • Soundgate Substage SCRU11 custom-fit powered subwoofer
    • molded plastic enclosure fits in trunk
    • 10" round subwoofer
    • 200 watts RMS sub amp
  • all power and signal wiring pre-cut and terminated, ready for installation
  • custom-engineered processor/amp mounting bracket
  • illustrated installation and setup instructions
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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What's in the box?

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  • Subwoofer assembly (enclosure/ 10" subwoofer/ amplifier)
  • Amplifier assembly (full range amplifier/ mounting brackets)
  • 11' Subwoofer body harness
  • 42" Subwoofer power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
  • Two M6 Bolts with flat washers attached
  • Two M6 Speed clips
  • 15 amp mini blade fuse
  • Twelve 6" Zip ties
  • 38" Amplifier body harness
  • 42" Amplifier power harness (with in-line fuse holder)
  • 25 amp mini blade fuse
  • Installation instructions
  • Warranty information

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Features

Overview: Kicker's SoundGate PowerStage factory audio upgrade kits are designed to fit in specific year/make/model vehicles. The PCRU11 is compatible with select 2011 and later Chevrolet Cruze models having the base factory sound system (please confirm fit with the Crutchfield vehicle selector, not compatible with factory navigation or Pioneer Audio system). Included with the system are a 10" subwoofer in a custom enclosure, subwoofer amp, multi-channel amp with custom mounting brackets, all the necessary cables to power the amplifiers, and adapter plugs to connect to the factory radio and speakers without cutting into any of the factory wiring.

Multi-Channel Amplifier: The multi-channel amplifier is rated at 50 watts RMS x 4 channels and powers the front and rear factory speakers. The amp also has a built-in computer-optimized, 32-bit DSP (Digital Signal Processor) programmed specifically for the car's interior and factory audio system. Custom brackets are bolted to the amp to mount it out of sight. The included wiring harness has adapter plugs that connect between the factory radio and factory harness, so cutting/splicing/testing the existing wires is not necessary. The included power harness is connected to the fuse box in the engine compartment, and specific wire routing instructions are included.

Subwoofer: The custom enclosure is loaded with a single 10" Kicker subwoofer, powered by a 200-watt amplifier mounted to the enclosure. The subwoofer is mounted in the trunk on the driver's side and the included wiring harness has an adapter plug that connects to the multi-channel amp's harness (for subwoofer signal input). The power cable is connected to the fuse box in the engine compartment and specific wire routing instructions are included.

Electrical System: Both amplifiers are designed to have minimum impact on the car's charging system.

Dimensions: The listed dimensions do not include the mounting brackets (regardless of these measurements, the amplifier mounting brackets and subwoofer enclosure are custom built to fit in the vehicle):

  • Amplifier:
    • Width: 8-1/4"
    • Height: 1-3/8"
    • Depth: 6"
  • Subwoofer Enclosure:
    • Width: 23-1/2"
    • Height: 15-7/8"
    • Depth: 8"
 

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2/20/2013
 
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Soundgate™ Powerstage™ System by Kicker

Written By Anonymous, Virginia on Saturday, August 04, 2012
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This kit was put together very well. Everything plugs in right to the factory harness. The instructions are model specific and easy to follow.
Pros:
ease of installation, no cutting of factory harness, uses stock radio, greatly increases the stock radio sound quality
Cons:
price, sub is a bit under powered, I wish I had a gain adjustment so I could turn the sub up or down
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2 questions already asked

Does this unit work with the Piennoer Original fit touch screen radio for the 2012 Chevy Cruze LTZ? [ Leroy  Feb 05, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Staff  Feb 06, 2014 ]
Does this unit work with the Koolertron OEM Upgrade Multimedia Navigation System? [ Leroy  Feb 05, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • You will want to contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat to discuss compatibility with your factory system. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and see if this will integrate. If it does not, then they will also be able to discuss other options with you. [ Jeff Staff  Feb 06, 2014 ]

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