General Motors made use of drastic methods such as using ultra-low rolling resistance tires and having no spare tire so that the Chevy Cruze ECO could have a fuel economy rating of 42 mpg. However, GM is planning to soon offer a diesel version of the Cruze, a powertrain that’s rarely used in domestic compact cars. It was last February that the rumor first came out about a diesel engine to be made available to the market in North America.
But now, Automotive News reported that GM will simply tweak one of those engines to meet North American standards and regulations. A diesel-powered Cruze is already being sold in Australia and Europe where two versions of the diesel-powered Cruze is available.
One has an output of 127hp and 221 lb-ft of torque while the other delivers 163hp and 266 lb-ft. The diesel-powered engine is expected to arrive in the U.S. within two years. It’s likely to appear in the 2013 model-year Cruze.
It’s apparent from this move that the Cruze is being pitted against the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which offers 140-hp and 236-lb ft of torque. VW has been successful at offering diesel engines in the U.S. It’s a common option for consumers who prefer lots of torque but with high MPGs. Another advantage is that this diesel engine is anticipated to also be used on the upcoming Buick Verano.
The Chevy Cruze has a distinct design that is characterized by boldness. For one, its two part grille features the Bowtie logo, which is a signature look for Chevrolet known the world over. Then there’s its steeply sloping windshield as well as the similarly angled rear pillars that are connected by the arching roofline, giving the car a sporty feel with sport coupe-like dimensions.
The Chevy Cruze’s athletic look is complemented by the prominent headlight housings that extend around and surge upward in the fenders, as well as the sculpted hood and the short rear deck that you can ordinarily see on sports cars. The Chevy Cruze has very minimal rear and front overhangs, effectively moving the wheels towards the corners. What results from all of these design elements is a more aggressive appearance, complemented by a confident stance.
Dimension-wise, the Chevrolet Cruze is both longer and wider than most cars in its class. It features tight bodywork that gives the illusion of solidity and the minimalism and its lack of exterior trimmings also gives it an elegant touch. Overall, the car exudes an air of deliberate precision.
That same precision is also seen in the car’s high quality build, thanks mainly to the newly reworked and retooled Lordstown assembly plant where the car’s body was made with the latest body framing equipment and welding tools. The result is a more solid body structure that guarantees the customer a beautiful new car that would feel solid throughout the years.
The Chevy Cruze’s Refined Interior
Looking at the interiors of the Chevrolet Cruze, you could see the same bold design philosophy and attention to detail. You would find the twin cockpit that takes its inspiration from the Chevrolet Corvette. The look is further strengthened by the use of high-quality materials and top-notch assembly craftsmanship. It also has low gloss trim panels and soft touch components, which set it apart from other cars in its class.
And to prove further that the Chevy Cruze is unlike other compact cars, take a look at its instrument panel. The instrument panel has LED backlit instruments that give you a rich assortment of information. The blue LED lights also give you a crisp look to the analog instruments and help light interior controls. Another rare yet functional element here is the driver information center that gives you access to a treasure trove of data.
The infotainment display, radio controls and climate controls are housed inside the center stack that blends seamlessly with the instrument panels. The mounted components found at the center stack feature gaps of not more than a millimeter while the panel to door gaps are less than 5 millimeters, making it look more refined and precise.
The same refinement and craftsmanship extend to the pillar trim and headliner. The cover of the headliner is made of a beautiful knit material that also helps with the headliner acoustics and makes the car cabin a lot quieter. The interior pillar has the same grain and color as the headliner, while the seat inserts have the same color as the instrument panel trim.