Along with the unveiling of the Chevrolet Cruze Wagon in Geneva was the announcement of a new small displacement diesel engine. The new 1.7-liter oil burner equipped with stop/start technology will slot below the Cruze Wagon’s 2.0-liter diesel in the engine lineup. All told, there are five engine variants for Europe’s Cruze Wagon. Too much, if you ask us, but it did get the wheels turning in our hazy heads.
While it’s been confirmed that the Chevrolet Cruze Eco-D will come with a new 2.0-liter diesel under the hood in one year’s time, we’re left wondering if there was any appeal for a smaller engine in a smaller car. Would a diesel Sonic make sense in America?
Now, in Europe — where the Sonic is still called the Aveo for some reason — the subcompact hatchback offers a small 1.3-liter turbodiesel mill with a meek 93 horsepower, and a more substantial 140 lb-ft of torque. Might not sound like much, but the little engine returns an astonishing 65.3 combined miles per gallon when doing a raw conversion from the Euro V combined mpg rating. If the American consumption test comes out to even 30 combined mpg less, that’s still pretty amazing.
So, off of the fuel economy merit alone, does a Chevrolet Sonic diesel make sense here in North America? We believe it to be necessary. But you may disagree. Participate in our poll and chime in the comment section below to let us know if we’re off our rocker or not.