Nothing screams inconvenience like and oil change. Thankfully, Chevrolet is taking steps with its all new Cruze compact sedan to make oil changes less inconvenient. It’s doing so with a cartridge-style oil filter that’s placed on top of the engine, rather than underneath. The positioning makes for better accessibility to the filter and less (if any) oil dripping when changing the oil.
The new cartridges will be featured on the 1.4L turbocharged and 1.8L naturally-aspirated Ecotec engines in the Chevy Cruze. And since the cartridge-style filters are made only of paper and plastic materials, they will also be easier to recycle, compared to conventional canister-style filters that require the metal housing and a rubber seal to be separated from the filter to be properly recycled. This new design, however, eliminates the metal and rubber elements.
What’s more, the housing for the cartridge-style filter is a replaceable screw-on cap to the top of the engine that eliminates the conventional (and rather bothersome) canister-to-engine mating practice. This sounds great to us, now if only GM brought this feature to all of its upcoming products…
We have GM’s full presser after the jump!