GM announced that the new diesel Chevrolet Cruze will get 46 miles per gallon on the highway, which means it is more efficient than several hybrids.
With 46 miles per gallon on the highway, the Chevrolet Cruze matches the Toyota Prius C subcompact. The regular Prius hybrid offers 48 mpg. The Cruze will go on sale in May in Baltimore and other US and Canada markets, with a base price of $25,695.
The Chevrolet Cruze is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission and its estimated range is 700 highway miles on a single tank of fuel, which mean around 10 hours of highway driving. The model comes with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, leather-appointed seating, larger 17-inch alloy wheels and a five-year 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. The Cruze Diesel offers 148 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque and can reach 60 km in 8.6 seconds.
GM sold more than 2 million Chevry Cruze vehicles since 2009 when the model was launched. Thanks to Chevrolet Cruze sales GM managed to reach its 10th consecutive quarter of record global sales and the Flint Engine Operations, which manufactures the model’s 1.4-liter powerplant, takes pride in this achievement.
“The Cruze is a very important product for Flint and we produce the engine here for the car that’s produced in Lordstown, Ohio,” said Tom Wickham, local GM spokesperson. “It’s a great car and the engine is very fuel efficient. Employees at Flint Engine are proud of what they produce.”