EPA – Cruze Diesel Sedan 52 MPG Highway

AutoInformed.con on Cruze DieselThe 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan is rated EPA-estimated highway mileage of 52 mpg, the highest highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid/non-EV in America. Based upon the EPA highway estimate, your mileage may and almost certainly will vary.  With the six-speed manual transmission  it has an estimated range of up to 702 highway miles on one tank of diesel fuel. The previous version was rated at 46 mpg. Since the 2014 model year 7570 Cruze diesels have been sold. To put that in perspective, during January of 2017 ~20,000 Cruzes were sold. (Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Rated at 46 MPG Highway, 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Debuts in Detroit, Un-Sweet Tweet – Trump Outburst Against Chevrolet Cruze)

The 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan has a revised Ecotec 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with an SAE-certified 137 horsepower (102 kW) and 240 lb.-ft. of torque (325 Nm). Chevrolet claims the Cruze Diesel passed all U.S. environmental standards and validation, including Tier 3 Bin 125 emissions standards.

Given the Volkswagen dieselgate scandal, a large question remains about its sales potential. Even in Europe with subsidized fuel prices diesel sales are dropping. In the U.S.  hybrids and super-efficient gasoline powered vehicles rule the roads. Also, given the talks GM is having with PSA over selling Opel – the engineering source of the engine – it future could be in doubt. (General Motors to Sell Opel Vauxhall and Leave Europe?European Diesel Car Sales Continue to Decline)

“Chevrolet is dedicated to offering customers a wide range of propulsion options. We know there are customers looking for the right combination of fuel efficiency, driving dynamics, fuel type and more.” said Steven Majoros, director of Chevrolet Marketing.

Buyers can choose Cruze Diesel Sedans with either a standard six-speed manual or a new, optional Hydra-Matic nine-speed automatic transmission that includes fuel-saving stop/start technology.

Cruze Diesel with the six-speed manual returns an EPA-estimated city mileage of 30 mpg, resulting in 37 mpg combined. Cruze Diesel with the nine-speed automatic achieves an EPA-estimated highway economy of up to 47 mpg and 31 city mpg, which results in 37 mpg combined.

Pricing for 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan starts at $24,670 including $875 destination charge. Cruze Diesel Hatch will follow Cruze Diesel Sedan later this year for the 2018 model year.

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