Citing comments from GM executives at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Automotive News reports that the new Chevrolet Cruze diesel could attain an EPA highway rating of 50 mpg. If so, it will mark the first time that a non-hybrid vehicle has achieved mileage at that level since the 1987 Honda CRX HF.
While the 2017 Cruze diesel still awaits EPA certification, it is expected to surpass the 44 mpg highway rating of the outgoing model, which was equipped with a 2.0-liter diesel engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The new sedan and hatchback will feature a 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine paired with nine-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions.
Rated at 137 hp and 240 pounds-feet of torque, the turbodiesel engines use lighter aluminum components rather than the cast-iron cylinder blocks used in the previous generation. Noise levels are also said to have been reduced by moving the cam timing to the back of the engine and increasing injection frequency to 10 fuel squirts per stroke.
The 1.6-liter diesel engine will also be available in the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossovers.
GM expects deliveries of the 2017 Cruze diesel to begin this spring.
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