And so, the highest EPA-estimated fuel returns for the highway goes to Chevrolet! Looking back, Reuss of General Motors has said before that the latest Chevrolet Cruze could get an EPA rating that begins with a 5. Apparently, he’s right after the Cruze manual diesel’s official EPA figures show an average highway consumption of up to 52 mpg. Indeed, it is the highest fuel economy ever achieved on any non-EV and non-hybrid vehicle in the US.
This comes as positive news especially after the dieselgate scandal that has tainted the image of all diesel-powered engines. Everything else is water under the bridge so to speak. Volkswagen has clearly gotten rid of its Jetta Diesel and Golf Diesel models. Having said that, the Cruze is still behind most of the two-gas electric hybrids and plugin- EVs when it comes to the US pollution standards. On highway driving, the Hyundai Ioniq hybrid boasts up to 59 miles per gallon while the Toyota Prius Eco can give as much as 53 mpg.
Since the Chevy Cruze’s diesel manual variant is also mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, the results also show a combined fuel consumption of up to 37mpg. Based on the EPA test, the result shows at least 30mpg for city driving. On the same note, the other model with 9-speed automatic gearbox has virtually the same fuel consumption--- with 31mpg for the city and 47mpg for the high way.
Currently, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel is only offered as a sedan. Instead of the 2.0 liter engine on the former model, it now features a 1.6 liter inline four turbo diesel engine. The new Chevy Cruze motor also comes with an aluminum cylinder block which is relatively lighter than the last Cruze model. All in all, the new diesel sedan achieves as much as 137hp and 240lb-ft of torque.
Customers can expect the diesel Cruze to be out in the showrooms this spring. It is already equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration system, a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE connectivity. Also, according to Chevrolet, there will be a hatchback version coming out towards the end of the year. Well, that would be great! But there has not been an announcement so far regarding its price and EPA-estimated figures. So in the meantime, interested customers can avail the new Chevy Cruze sedan model for as low as $24,670 including $875 freight charges.