Claims made regarding the fuel efficiency of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze have been fluctuating even before its North American debut. A couple of years ago, then-General Motors chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said that the car would achieve 42 mpg highway with a manual transmission. GM officials have since revised that claim to "about 40 mpg" on the EPA highway loop.
What's offered as standard is the base 1.8-liter normally aspirated four that is fitted on the European-market Cruze already on sale. However, the potential buyer can opt that the Cruze be powered with a 1.4-liter turbo four.
GM's high-fuel-mileage version of the Cruze is fashioned after Chevy's Cobalt XFE and Silverado XFE.
Engineers who were reassigned from GM's Performance Division are modifying the 1.4-liter turbo and the Cruze's six-speed automatic in order to achieve 44 mpg in EPA highway-mileage estimates.
We also heard reports that GM has approved a new Chevrolet Impala, which remains front drive and will share its long-wheelbase Epsilon II platform with the 2010 Buick LaCrosse.
To make room for the new Impala, Chevy is updating the '13 Malibu to the short-wheelbase version of Epsilon II. The all-new Impala is expected in 2013, for the '14 model year. The current Impala will be given a mid-cycle facelift is on the way.