New Chevy Cruze Diesel Sedan Owns a Top Spot in Fuel Economy Race with 52 MPG Highway12:36 AM
Announced on Feb. 13 by Chevrolet, the 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan has achieved a U.S. EPA-estimated 52 mpg highway rating - the highest highway fuel economy rating of any non-hybrid/non-EV in America – is a clear indication about the future for diesel passenger vehicles in the U.S., according to the Diesel Technology Forum.
The 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel Sedan is to be introduced in the U.S. later this year and will include options for either a standard six-speed manual or a new optional Hydra-Matic nine-speed automatic transmission that includes fuel-saving stop/start technology. The vehicle range is reported to be 702 miles on a single tank of fuel.
The Cruze will also come in a highly-anticipated diesel hatchback model later this year.
"For Chevy to break the 50-mpg barrier with its new Cruze Diesel Sedan sends a very strong message about the possibilities for clean diesel as a competitive technology in the fuel economy race. And the accomplishment is made even more impressive that it achieved it under a more stringent EPA emissions testing regime," said Allen Schaeffer, the Executive Director of the Diesel Technology Forum.
"Just two months into 2017, the future for clean diesel in passenger vehicles in the U.S. has received two major boosts - first with the announcement that Ford intends to offer a new 3.0L diesel option in its Ford F-150, the best-selling pickup truck for the past 40 years, and now the Chevy Cruze Diesel Sedan breaking the 50-mpg barrier," said Schaeffer.