2017 Chevrolet Cruze: 50 MPG Diesel Range Is More Than Just A Hype

By James Yu , Feb 14, 2017 09:06 AM EST
Chevrolet delivers the promised 50 mpg range with its 2017 Cruze Diesel. (Photo : Roadshow/YouTube)

The previous Chevrolet Cruze is not exactly the most fun vehicle to drive but that is about to change with its diesel-powered engine. Yes, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze now has a diesel powertrain and the good news does not even end there. When the automaker promised the diesel powertrain for the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze, it also promised that it will be capable of 50 miles per gallon range, which the automaker delivered.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: Living Up To The Hype

Surely, you are wondering just what kind of a diesel engine is fitted in the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. According to report, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze has a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 diesel that delivers 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a six-speed manual transmission with an optional automatic gearbox.

Accordingly, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel with manual gearbox has the best fuel economy range as it goes up to 30/52/37 miles per gallon in the city, on the highway and combined respectively. The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze with automatic gearbox is by no means a pushover either because it has a fuel economy of 31/47/37 miles per gallon in the city, on the highway and combined. That being said, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel is living up to the hype as the automaker delivers its promise and even went a couple of notches beyond the promised number.

The 2017 Chevrolet Cruze will also have its petrol-powered engine that will also be paired with the same transmission options. However, the fuel economy will not be as good as the diesel engine. Accordingly, the gas-powered manual gearbox for the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze has a range of 28/39/32 miles per gallon in the city, highway and combined. The gas-powered automatic gearbox on the other hand has a bit more range with 30/40/34 miles per gallon in the city, highway and combined.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze: No Hatchback Diesel Yet

If you are anxious to know whether the diesel engine will also be fitted into the Chevrolet Cruze, the answer is yes, but not just yet. According to CNET, the diesel-powered engine hatchback variant of the Chevrolet Cruze will arrive later this year but it will be introduced as a 2018 model. Given this fact, we can expect the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback to arrive late this year.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze: Price, Features And Avalability

Among the common features to arrive with the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Reports state that the starting price will be at $23,795 but this does not include destination fee yet. As for the arrival, a spokesman for Chevrolet mentioned that the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesels are currently being delivered to showrooms across the country. Therefore, we can expect the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel to go on sale sometime this month.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: Is It Worth It?

It would be understandable if you have reservations toward the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel, especially if you have driven the previous model and did not have any fun with it. You can be certain however, that the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel will be nothing like its previous model. All you have to do is take the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel for a spin and you will find out whether this model is for you or not.

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