The Chevrolet Cruze, which was the best-selling car in the United States last month, will be offered with a diesel engine that could boost the model’s fuel-economy to around 50 mpg, according to two people briefed on GM’s product plans today.
The current lineup of the Chevrolet Cruze averages 24/36 mpg (city/highway). The fuel-efficeint Chevrolet Cruze Eco model averages 28/42 mpg. If the diesel Chevrolet Cruze does hit 50 mpg, it would rival the fuel-economy of the Toyota Prius hybrid which gets 51/48 mpg.
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According to one of the two people, the Chevrolet Cruze diesel won’t arrive in showrooms until at least 2013.
GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson would not comment on the diesel engine.
Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze base LS model is powered by a 136-hp 1.8L 4-cylinder engine, while the Eco, LT and LTZ model get a 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder Ecotec engine making 138-hp and a maximum torque of 148 lb-ft. The 1.4L turbo models are expected to have a cruising range of more than 500 miles and the Cruze Eco is estimated to get an EPA fuel-economy rating of 42 mpg on the highway. All 2011 Cruze models are available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at $16,995 for the base model to $22,695 for the top-of-the-line model.
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– By: Omar Rana
Source: Detroit News