The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will be in the offer. Customers will be able to choose between a gasoline or diesel engine and a nine-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. It will be on sale in mid-2017.
The addition of a diesel for the U.S. and Canada is confirmed
It is confirmed by Alan Batey, president of GM North America, the addition of a diesel for the U.S. and Canadian markets. He confirmed it in Detroit as a part of a drive of the 2017 Cruze hatch that is available at the moment with a 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 gasoline engine. And also with choice between a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic.
The proclamation was not a big surprise. The Cruze sedan will be selling with a diesel option in the first quarter of 2017. The hatch will follow mid-year. 2017 Cruze hatchback starts at $22,190 but prices are not set yet. The hatchback is getting the same 1.6-liter turbodiesel that is going into the Chevrolet Equinox next year, but made for the smaller Cruze. The engine has been available for many years in Europe in the Opel Zafira, Astra, and Insignia. The engine is made in Hungary and had to be approved for the U.S. to meet emissions. Also to gear to the different climates in North America, said Mike Siegrist, assistant chief engineer for diesel cars in North America.
Chevy officials think a manual and a diesel choise will appeal a younger, male, more abundant buyer for the hatchback. Hatches calculate for about 15 percent of the compact car segment in the U.S., and are yet more popular in Canada.
Batey sais the diesel light-passenger car market is about 400,000 in the U.S. and the torquey engine is specially popular in the compact car part. “People who drive diesels love diesels,”sais Batey. The Volkswagen diesel scandal makes a chance for GM. “We will do everything we can to seize the opportunity.” Fuel prices are maybe low at the moment,. GM wants to be ready with a line of diesel-powered choises when gas prices unavoidably raise and diesel becomes more attractive. “We have to be prepared because things change quickly.” And GM can add diesels in the lineup pretty easily because its brands are global in reach and scale, Batey said.
Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t certified diesel yet, but Siegrist said they are going through the process now and he isn’t afraid that launching is going to be delayed. He wouldn’t say what milage it will ghave but we expect it to be “spectacular” and better than the 40 mg highway in the larger and heavier Equinox.