Yesterday, GM revealed one of its most anticipated fuel-efficient and compact models – the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. Ready to go on sale in Europe starting March of 2009, the Cruze will come to the stateside in April of 2010 as a replacement to the Chevrolet Cobalt.
The Chevrolet Cruze will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October and will go on sale in Europe with an entry level 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine producing 112-hp and a 1.8 liter producing 140-hp. A 150-hp 2.0 liter turbo-diesel will be added later.
We don’t expect GM to offer the diesel model in the U.S. at first – but it may eventually make it to our roads if it makes business sense for the General. Nonetheless, CEO Rick Wagoner says the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is expected to return a fuel-economy of closer to 40mpg.
The Cobalt returns 33mpg highway and the new Cobalt XFE (extra fuel-economy version) returns 37mpg highway.
GM also announced yesterday that it is investing $500 million in the U.S. for the production of the Cruze, which will take place at its Lordstown, Ohio plant. Pricing details will be announced closer to launch.
2011 Chevrolet Cruze:
Source: Free Press