US-spec Chevrolet Cruze diesel with manual box rated 52 mpg image

Not long ago General Motors’ product development boss, Mark Reuss, was touting the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze’s capabilities to get an EPA estimate that “will start with a 5.”

Now it turns out that – as all executives should – he didn’t lie and indeed the official EPA numbers show 52 miles per gallon for the highway consumption, which, according to the automaker is “the highest highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid/non-EV in America.” If using the six-speed manual gearbox the Cruze diesel will also have an EPA-estimated city mileage of 30 mpg, with 37 mpg for the combined figure. The Cruze diesel equipped with the nine-speed auto transmission has the exact same average but city and highway numbers go down to 31 mpg and 47 mpg, respectively.

The diesel version of the Cruze is for now exclusive to the sedan body style, and comes with a 1.6-liter inline-four turbodiesel engine, instead of the older two liter, with an aluminum cylinder block and a power of 137 horsepower (102 kilowatts), with maximum torque at 240 pound-feet (325 Newton meters). The version costs $24,670, including $875 destination charge, arriving at dealerships this spring, while the hatchback version will be presented later on this year.