Right now, buyers looking at a 2018 Chevrolet Cruze may be surprised to see Chevy offers a manual transmission on numerous trims and variants. However, the row-your-own option isn’t long for this world, if new documents prove true.
The Truth About Cars reported last Friday that GM’s VIN decoder document does not list a manual transmission option at all for the 2019 model year Cruze. We actually find that rather strange since GM touts the Cruze Deisel’s 52 MPG fuel economy figure, which comes by the way of three pedals. In the manual gearbox’s place, a CVT (continuously variable transmission) is listed as a new option. The document does not list what models may feature a CVT, though.
Our best guess is a Cruze Hybrid, which could use a CVT maximize fuel efficiency over a traditional automatic transmission. The document still shows an automatic for gasoline-powered Cruze models and for the Cruze Diesel. We can assume the transmissions won’t change from their six- and nine-speed cogs.
Elsewhere, the document does point out that a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will be available. The engine serves as the base engine in the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu with 160 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Perhaps the Chevy will offer the engine in the Cruze as a slightly more powerful offering? We don’t know just yet. We do know the Cruze is poised for some major updates soon, according to these documents.