Chevrolet wants to provide a Cruze for everyone with frugality, fun to drive dynamics and style. But, it seems the brand wants to combine all of those for one Chevrolet Cruze to tug at the enthusiast’s heart.
Motor Authority reports Chevrolet has plans for a 2018 Chevrolet Cruze RS diesel with sporting intentions. Alan Batey, President of GM in North America, described the Cruze RS diesel as “sporty” and “fun to drive” with the 1.6-liter CDTi turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine.
“They’re torquey… if you have this in a manual, it’ll be fun to drive,” Batey said. “I would say the whole persona of Cruze is meant to be sporty and youthful. The diesel gives you that performance, particularly because of the torque.”
Batey declined to comment on official performance specifications for the Cruze diesel, but if a manual gearbox isn’t your thing, a nine-speed automatic will also be available.
However, with the way Chevrolet is speaking of this diesel variant, it looks like we can kiss the thought of a gasoline-powered, high-performance Cruze SS goodbye.