Amid reports that major rival Volkswagen would cease producing 2016 and 2017 model year diesel cars following the wake of the "Dieselgate" scandal, it’s believed that Chevrolet sees its opportunity and seeks to take advantage of it.
With Volkswagen allegedly put on the sidelines, Chevrolet aims to be one of the main sources of compact diesels. So it’s with this environment that the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze arrives. And the good news is that it will be equipped with packages that raise its convenience factor as well as its sportier aesthetic and performance.
2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has some new improvements that will come across as great news for loyal followers and car enthusiasts alike. The promising vehicle is considered as one of the most cost-effective non hybrid automobiles found in the US Market to date. The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel manual also boasts of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of an impressive 52 miles per gallon highway, 37 mph and 30 mpg city. Its automatic counterpart fitted a 9 speed auto transmission boasts the same average consumption, but its highway rating is around 47 mpg and city is 31 mpg. Now that's one automobile that we would like to get our hands on.
The new model will be offered both as a sedan and as a hatchback. Moreover, this Chevy hatchback will be powered by the Opel-based 1.6 L diesel engine that delivers up to 137hp (102 kW) and 240 lb-ft (325 Newton-meters) of pure torque.
The hatchback will have a 6 speed manual transmission as standard, and an optional 9 speed automatic transmission will be offered as well. The 2018 Cruze will come with the Convenience Package as standard equipment on all trims. This package will flaunt keyless entry and engine start, heated front seats, 8 way electric driver's seat and a remote start made for the automatic units. The 2018 Cruze Diesel hatch manual will be fitted with the standard sporty RS package that will offer a rear spoiler, sport body kit and 18-inch wheels.
Fancy owning a 2018 Cruze Diesel? No worries, as the sedan and hatchback variants will start sales this fall. The base LT trim has a price of $24,670, in sedan body set-up. If you want the entry level hatchback, then you would need to prepare an estimated $26,310 to own one, an additional $1,640 compared to the sedan. The diesel Cruze sedan will be equipped with OnStar and 4G LTE connectivity, as well as built in Wi-Fi hotspot and Android Auto-Apple carplay.