Don’t let this year’s Volkswagen scandal fool you—“diesel” isn’t the dirty word that people think it is. For years, diesel vehicles have proven that there is a cleaner, safer, and more efficient way to fuel a car—and Chevrolet knows all of the possibilities that diesel holds.
The automaker has been working to create a Cruze diesel that will provide a much-needed option for those buyers searching for a solid diesel vehicle.
While the car won’t be released until the 2018 model year, details on the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze diesel have been announced. It will be powered by a 1.6-liter CDTi four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, with the transmission potentially being a nine-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox. With that combination, the Cruze diesel could earn around 50 mpg.
While 50 mpg seems improbably high, even for a diesel vehicle, note that the Vauxhall Astra—which shares many underpinnings—has a mpg rate of about 55. So, you can expect to see this exciting addition to the Cruze family to set the standard for all diesel vehicles to come.
For those people who care more about driving pleasure than purely fuel economics, the style and enhancements of the RS badge are rumored to be optionally offered on the Cruze diesel, resulting in a sporty Cruze RS that is sure to be a hit.