For those itching to get behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Cruze diesel, you’ll have to wait just a little longer. Following the barrage of news on the Cruze diesel, Chevrolet confirmed to MLive the Cruze hatchback with diesel power would arrive just in time for the 2018 model year.
With the 2018 Cruze hatchback diesel, a 1.6-liter CDTi four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine will provide power, mated to either a nine-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox. No, this is not a parallel universe. Chevrolet will sell you a hatchback, with a diesel engine and a manual gearbox.
The same 1.6-liter diesel engine will be found in the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox compact crossover, where’s it’s expected to achieve 40 mpg. Chevrolet is hoping the powertrain will help the 2018 Cruze hatchback net a 50 mpg highway rating.
If that isn’t enough, the brand also has plans for a more sporting Cruze RS diesel with the enthusiast in mind. Expect appropriate RS styling cues and plenty of torque mated to a manual transmission.