The Chevrolet Cruze has already been slightly reworked for 2012. When equipped with the 1.4L turbo four banger with the six-speed automatic, a new final drive will help the new Chevrolet Cruze achieve a 2-mpg bump in fuel economy for a grand total of 38 on the highway.
“The Electronic Returnless Fuel System on the Cruze increases fuel economy by 2 percent compared to vehicles with a standard fuel system, said Terry Wilton, General Motors’ senior manager for fuel system components,” GM said in a statement.
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“We’ve combined a lot of technologies on the Cruze to offer customers hybrid-like fuel economy without the cost of the hybrid system,” Wilton said.
Additionally, Chevrolet is now offering a six-speed manual as standard on the 1LT and 2LT trim levels.
And lastly, the manual seat bottom tilt adjuster was deleted for 2012 and there’s apparently a lower cost touchscreen navigation system…whatever that means.
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: Chris Chin