Along with plenty of other things to look forward to in the 2012 model year Chevy Cruze, GM has made it official that the Cruze Eco equipped with an automatic transmission is now rated at a lofty 39 MPG on the highway, while the 42 MPG-rated manual transmission Eco remains unchanged.
Additionally, as we reported last month, all non-Eco models equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec engine and automatic transmission will see a higher rating of 38 MPG on the highway, compared to the current 36 MPG observed in the 2011 model. However it’s not yet clear as to just what kind of fuel economy the 1LT and 2LT models will get when they are equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, which will now be standard. It also is not quite clear yet as to whether or not Chevy plans on charging extra for a more conventional automatic.
All observed fuel economy gains are attributed to a lower axle ratio for the 2012 models. For more, have a look at the presser.