Despite the already-fantastic highway fuel economy seen in the gas-powered Chevrolet Cruze Eco, General Motors engineers believe they can do even better with an oil burner under the hood of the hot-selling compact here in the United States. Ward’s Auto is reporting that their sources have hinted at 50 miles-per-gallon on the highway for the upcoming Cruze Diesel, and generous handfuls of more torque than the gasoline variant to go with it.
Whatever kind of numbers we will see, expect the Cruze Diesel to be fitted with the 2.0L diesel engine currently under the hood of several Cruzen sold in Europe and Australia. Going by what we see there, we can expect 147 hp and 236 lbs.-ft. of torque (awesome), and 43 MPG on the highway — just short of the 50 MPG highway target set for America.
Source: Ward’s Auto