In the department of worst kept secrets sits the upcoming 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel, preparing to return following Volkswagen’s astounding diesel emission scandal. But, how about some good news surrounding a diesel powertrain?
Specifically, the upcoming 1.6-liter CDTi turbo-diesel engine will be mated to either an automatic or manual gearbox this time, according to Car Scoops. It will be the first time a manual transmission will be offered alongside the Cruze diesel since its debut in the first generation Cruze sedan.
Furthermore, the diesel and manual gearbox won’t be limited to just the sedan, either. The hatchback will receive the same 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine, and the option to row your own will be present on all trims save for the headlining Premier variant.
The move to offer a manual might be General Motors latest step in courting scorned Volkswagen owners away from their German ties. The automaker has stated countlessly Volkswagen’s emission trouble has not stalled development of future diesel applications.