Diesel's not dead: 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel claims 52 mpg highway
The flow of information about the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel has never been more than a trickle. We know it will start at $24,670. We know there will be a hatchback diesel in 2018. Today, we learn the 2017 Cruze Diesel equipped with the six-speed manual gets a stellar EPA-estimated 52-mpg highway rating. No, still no official photos.
Combined fuel economy for the manual-equipped diesel Cruze is 37 mpg, while city driving is rated at 30 mpg. Cruze Diesels with the nine-speed automatic are rated at 47-mpg highway and 31 city, which gives it the same 37-mpg combined rating.
“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.
So can the 137 hp/240 lb-ft of torque provided by the 1.6L turbo diesel used in both the Cruze and Equinox propel the Malibu to a segment all to itself?
The Passat no longer offers a diesel. Diesel buyers seem to be incredibly loyal and pretty careful with upkeep and maintenance. Can Chevrolet exploit VW's misfortune by offering a segment exclusive diesel for mid sized cars in the USA? Would this help generate buzz for a mid sized car that struggles in a segment that seems to be losing ground to crossovers?
The Malibu is slightly lighter than the new Equinox. Both have 9 speed transmissions already.