2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: Never Stop Moving

Feb 16, 2017 11:28 AM EST | Joyce Vega

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The new 2017 Cruze Sedan and first-ever Cruze Hatchback are the latest models in the lineup of Chevrolet. With a unique combination of entertainment technology, remarkable efficiency, and available advanced safety features, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze satisfies everyone’s needs.

Cars reported that the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel is equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder engine that makes 137 horsepower and 240 pounds-feet of torque. According to Chevrolet, the sedan’s EPA highway mileage is the best of any non-hybrid or electric car on the market. This makes the Cruze diesel an attractive option for frequent road-trippers. The Cruze diesel’s EPA combined rating of 37 mpg with either transmission is not that remarkable versus other gasoline competitors. The rival Honda Civic with turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder gets an EPA-estimated 36mpg combined. 2017 Chevrolet Cruze will hit the dealers soon with a starting price of $24,670 including destination. Chevrolet announced that 2018 Cruze diesel hatchback will arrive later this year. The EPA ratings for the hatchback are still pending.

According to Yahoo News, those EPA ratings apply to models that are equipped with the 6-speed manual transmission, which will be standard equipment on the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. Chevrolet also offers a new 9-speed automatic transmission. With it, the Cruze Diesel sedan is rated at 31mpg city and 47 mpg highway. The combined rating for the automatic is identical to the manual, sitting at 37 mpg.

The diesel model will not be available at the lower-level L and LS trims. It will start at the higher LT trim level. Despite the fact that other companies are reluctant to proceed with their diesel plans, due to the incident with Volkswagen, General Motors appears to be doubling down. The company launched their diesel versions of Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks shortly after the news of Volkswagen’s emissions-test cheating broke. General Motors also plans to launch diesel versions of its Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers in the coming months.

Chevrolet is expected to target current Volkswagen TDI owners with marketing the Cruze Diesel. A majority of the Volkswagen owners will sell their diesels back to the automaker under settlements approved by a federal judged. This should help Chevrolet boost their sales over the previous-generation Cruze diesel.

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