At the New York Auto Show, Chevrolet reveals the compact 2011 Cruze Eco. This model is powered by an Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine with variable valve timing that achieves an estimated 40 mpg on the highway when combined with a six-speed manual transmission.
Cruze Eco is expected to deliver the best fuel economy in the compact segment, while offering midsize car spaciousness.
Chevrolet also shows an optional sporty RS appearance package for the Cruze LT and LTZ trim levels.
City fuel economy, as well as estimates for the Cruze Eco equipped with an available six-speed automatic transmission, will be finalized closer to launch.
The Eco achieves greater fuel economy using a number of features that enhance its aerodynamics, minimize weight and reduce rolling resistance. Details include:
– A lower front grille air shutter that closes at higher speeds to
improve aerodynamics and opens at lower speeds to optimize
— The upper grille has more “closeouts” to improve aerodynamics
— A lower front air dam extension, extensive use of underbody panels and
a rear spoiler enhance aerodynamics
— A lowered ride height improves aerodynamics
— Unique 17-inch lightweight aluminum wheels
— Ultra-low rolling resistance 17-inch Goodyear tires.
The axle ratio on the manual-transmission model is also optimized for fuel economy, while helping the car deliver confident performance. Chevrolet estimates the Cruze Eco will deliver 0-60 mph performance of about 10 seconds with the manual transmission and 9 seconds with the six-speed automatic.
The Cruze Eco will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010.