2018 Chevrolet Cruze RS Diesel Reportedly In The Works6
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.
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I definitely think they need the Cruze ss on top of this! If Hyundai is giving the N performance to the Elantra soon then why shouldn’t Chevy? I’m honestly pretty sure this is like the diesel version of the GTI
Yes, in Europe VW offered the sporty, Golf TDI GTD. It would be great to have something like that here, plus a 2.0T Cruze SS!
A diesel RS with a 2.0 engine developing 200hp could be good
I’ll be looking for a replacement for my again daily driver soon. This variant of the Cruz looks good, and with all that torque, a nine speed box and 50mpg I’ll be very interested.
Cruze Hatchback RS DIESEL in a bright color would be very desirable. I’d replace my VW Golf TDI then, with high mileage. Manal transmission great looking wheels, super mileage, wonderful reliability,… what’s NOT to like. Just have competitive pricing, great road handling, tight body, plenty of torque, and, you hsve a buyer here.
Yes. Double yes. If the RS can keep the low torque and similar mileage, I’ll trade my Jetta.