Following the EPA’s publishing of fuel economy figures for the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze, reports noted the addition of a continuously variable transmission. However, the CVT will be assigned to fleet buyers only.
CarsDirect confirmed with Chevrolet that the CVT will not be offered to retail customers and the six-speed automatic transmission will remain for gasoline-powered cars. The nine-speed automatic will stick around for Cruzes with the 1.6-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine.
The CVT returns slightly better fuel economy over the six-speed automatic transmission at 30 mpg city, 38 highway, 33 combined compared to 28/38/32. The 2019 Cruze Diesel sedan remains the most frugal of the bunch with 31/48/37 EPA-estimated ratings.
Without the six-speed manual transmission, the 2019 Cruze Diesel loses its coveted EPA-estimated 52-mpg highway rating as well. In fact, the six-speed manual goes away for all Cruze models, as predicted, for the new model year.
With the CVT ruled out for retail customers (for now), the Chevrolet Spark continues on as the only Chevy offered with a CVT. And it remains to be seen if the brand will eventually roll out a new Eco trim for the compact car.