It’s no secret that Chevy is hard at work on the second-generation Cruze Diesel. And as luck would have it, we just caught two units of the upcoming oil-burning Chevy sedan undergoing testing in the Colorado Rockies.
Despite wearing a healthy dose of checkered-style black-and-white camouflage, it’s hard to mistake the testers as anything other than the second-generation Chevy Cruze sedan thanks to the vehicle’s distinctive shape. The tell-tale purr of a turbo-diesel motor immediately gave away what is under the hood.
Set to arrive for the 2017 or 2017 model year, the second-generation Cruze Diesel will utilize GM’s all-new 1.6L CDTI motor known as the Whisper Diesel. Developed by GM’s European subsidiary, Opel, the new engine made its initial debut in the Euro-market Opel-Vauxhall Astra, which shares the D2 platform used by the 2016 and newer Chevrolet Cruze. In the Astra, the new 1.6L diesel mill makes roughly 140 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.
By comparison, the first-generation Chevy Cruze Diesel was powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine rated at 148 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque while returning 27 MPG city and 46 MPG highway and 33 MPG combined. We expect that the second-generation model seen here will deliver even better fuel economy figures thanks to the more efficient 1.6L turbo-diesel engine powering a vehicle that will be significantly lighter than its predecessor.