Chevrolet did it again. They set a new fuel economy standard in another car class. The 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel Sedan has an EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 52 mpg, which makes it the highest highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid/non-EV in America.
The news shouldn’t be too surprising. Chevy seems to have found a new niche in environmentally-friendly vehicles. Not only are they good at making fuel efficient vehicles like the Bolt and Volt, which are both leading their class in fuel economy, but they are also good at selling them, too. In only its second month of availability, the all-new Chevy Bolt surpassed sales of its competitor, Nissan Leaf.
Under the hood of the Cruze Diesel Sedan is a Ecotec 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine. The engine produces 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque and it can be paired to a six-speed manual transmission or a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The manual transmission is responsible for the Cruze Diesel Sedan’s industry-leading highway fuel economy of 52 mpg and total range of 702 miles on a fuel tank of diesel fuel. However, both transmissions give the vehicle a combined city/highway fuel economy of 37 mpg.
Also new to the Cruze clan for the 2017 model year is the new Chevy Cruze Hatchback. Made available in late-2016, the new Cruze Hatchback offers consumers a modern and sporty choice.
Since its introduction in 2008, the there have been more than four million Cruze models sold, making it Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the globe. With the new addition of the new Cruze models, the Cruze could remain Chevrolet’s top seller for quite some time. Chevy is also planning on releasing a Cruze Diesel Hatchback model in 2018.
The new Cruze Diesel Sedan will be available in spring 2017, so keep your eyes out on our Facebook!