Report: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze to deliver 44 mpg

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

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.

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