According to a GM official, there are good prospects for the Chevrolet Cruze’s diesel highway mpg fuel economy rating to start with “5” – a first for a non-hybrid since the Honda CRX.

While the Dieselgate scandal rages on in America and the authorities are even finding others to allegedly use such shameful devices, there are others looking to paint a good picture for the technology in the US. For example the Chevrolet Cruze is getting a diesel version for the sedan and hatchback – and might snatch the title for most economical model on sale today. And it would even better an impressive achievement that was unbroken since 1987 when the Honda CRX HF was rated at 51 miles per gallon on the highway.

According to a recent interview, General Motors’ product development chief, Mark Reuss, hinted the EPA could deliver a Cruze rating of more than 50 mpg for highway cruising. “I think it will start with a 5,” were his words. The diesel 2017 model year Cruze will come with a newly developed 1.6-liter engine with an aluminum cylinder block, pack 137 horsepower (102 kilowatts) and 240 pound-feet (325 Newton-meters) of torque and a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional nine-speed auto.

Via Automotive News


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