Are you in the camp that thinks Volkswagen screwed the proverbial pooch with Dieselgate? Well, it doesn’t seem like Chevrolet is at all concerned as they’re going diesel in several new products in the coming years. The first, the Cruze, will have stellar fuel economy. Under the EPA testing cycle, the new Cruze with a 6-speed manual gets 52 miles-per-gallon on the highway.
Chevrolet made sure their diesels are up to snuff. According to their release, “Cruze Diesel passed all stringent U.S. environmental standards and validation, including Tier 3 Bin 125 emissions standards.”
The Cruze diesel is available with a 6-speed manual transmission or a new 9-speed automatic. In the manual, the car is rated 52 mpg city, 30 mpg city, or 37 mpg combined. The 9-speed automatic, surprisingly, is only rated at 47 mpg on the highway, 31 mpg in the city, or 37 mpg combined. The automatic has start-stop technology.
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The diesel in the Cruze is a 1.6L unit making 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.
The Cruze diesel sedan starts at $24,670. The hatchback — the one you really want — goes on sale as a 2018 model year vehicle and pricing is currently unavailable.
Would you consider a diesel-powered car these days?