From Chevrolet press: The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze affirms Chevrolet’s commitment to building refined, fuel-efficient vehicles using new, small-displacement, four-cylinder engines. Its Ecotec 1.4L I-4 turbo with variable valve timing will deliver up to an expected 40 mpg on the highway with the Cruze Eco model.
The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze will be offered for retail sale in four models: the Cruze LS, Cruze LT, Cruze 2LT, Cruze Eco, and Cruze LTZ. The RS appearance package, available on LT and LTZ models, includes unique front and rear fascias, rocker moldings, front fog lamps, and rear spoiler.
Enhanced with its exhaust-driven turbocharger, the Cruze’s Ecotec 1.4L turbo performs like a larger engine when needed, but retains the efficiency of a small-displacement four-cylinder in most driving conditions. It is standard on Eco, LT and LTZ models, with power ratings estimated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm). With the Ecotec 1.4L turbo, Cruze’s fuel efficiency enables a cruising range of more than 500 miles (800 km), meaning it can go longer between fill-ups.
Standard on LS models is an Ecotec 1.8L four-cylinder that offers many of the same features of the 1.4L, including full variable valve timing that optimizes performance and fuel economy across the rpm band.