Don’t worry, diesel fans, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze sedan is still on schedule to receive the 1.6-liter diesel engine from Opel. The “whisper diesel” program hasn’t been skewed by the fallout from Volkswagen’s emission scandal. In fact, Chevrolet plans to capitalize on it.
But, there has been one thing to deter diesel buyers: low oil prices. Automotive News caught up with General Motors powertrain head, Dan Nicholson, where he discussed the diesel program in particular.
While the 2016 Cruze sedan is full steam ahead, engineers are rethinking the idea of a diesel for the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback.
Although GM did not specifically say oil prices were an outside threat to the possibility of a 2017 Cruze hatchback diesel, Nicholson did note the U.S. would be the only market to require the selective catalytic reduction, or SCR, system needed to control emissions. That, in the end, could cause pricing to enter territory consumers may not want to pay.
Add in the fact the 2017 Cruze hatch will only be sold in LT and Premiere trim levels, and a diesel option could make for one expensive hatchback.