The vehicle also returns an EPA-estimated city mileage of 30 miles per gallon.
A month ago, General Motors’ product development chief, Mark Reuss, hinted the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel could get an EPA rating that “will start with a 5.” Now, it turns out his words were correct, as the official EPA numbers show 52 miles per gallon highway consumption, which, according to the manufacturer, is “the highest highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid/non-EV in America.”
When equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, the vehicle also returns an EPA-estimated city mileage of 30 mpg, resulting in 37 mpg combined. The Cruze diesel automatic with a nine-speed auto transmission has the same average consumption, but highway is 47 mpg and city is 31 mpg.
“Chevrolet is dedicated to offering customers a wide range of propulsion options,” Steven Majoros, director of Chevrolet Marketing, commented. “We know there are customers looking for the right combination of fuel efficiency, driving dynamics, fuel type and more. With the EPA-estimated 52-mpg highway Cruze Diesel Sedan, they can get it all.”
The Cruze diesel, currently available only as a sedan, is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-four turbodiesel engine, which replaces the previous 2.0-liter engine. The new motor features an aluminum cylinder block and is lighter than its predecessor. Peak power stands at 137 horsepower (102 kilowatts), while maximum torque is 240 pound-feet (325 Newton meters).
Chevrolet wants at least $24,670, including $875 destination charge, for the diesel Cruze sedan, which comes with OnStar and 4G LTE connectivity, as well as built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay. The diesel vehicle will reach customers this spring and will be joined by the hatchback version later this year.
Gallery: 2017 Chevrolet Cruze sedan
DETROIT — The 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan offers up to an 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, Cruze Diesel with the six-speed manual transmission has an estimated range of up to 702 highway miles on one tank of diesel fuel.
“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. With the EPA-estimated 52-mpg highway Cruze Diesel Sedan, they can get it all,” said Steven Majoros, director of Chevrolet Marketing.
The 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan features a new Ecotec 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine offering an SAE-certified 137 horsepower (102 kW) and 240 lb-ft of torque (325 Nm). Cruze Diesel passed all stringent U.S. environmental standards and validation, including Tier 3 Bin 125 emissions standards.
Buyers will be able to option their 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.
In addition to its segment-leading EPA-estimated 52 mpg highway fuel economy, 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.
A suite of connectivity features complements the Cruze Diesel Sedan’s inherent efficiency. These include available OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility through Chevrolet MyLink.*
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.
*Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are products of Apple and Google and their terms and privacy statements apply. Requires a compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. 4G LTE service available in select markets. Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Data plans provided by AT&T.