TodaySeptember 25, 2021

2018 Chevy Cruze hatchback turbodiesel

The best-selling Chevrolet vehicle globally is getting another variant; a 2018 Chevy Cruze hatchback turbodiesel 6-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission. Building on the 2018 Chevy Equinox turbodiesel announcement two weeks ago, Alan Batey, president of GM North America, confirmed the Cruze hatchback diesel, “the compact diesel segment has historically represented more than 400,000 unit sales, so it is pretty sizeable. Clearly what happened with Volkswagen has created an opportunity for us, so we’ll seize the opportunity.” Hatchbacks are fifteen percent of sales in the United States market.

The Chevy Cruze is bi-coastal

Batey confirmed that Chevy’s biggest market is expected to be the East Coast and West Coast and that Chevrolet’s diesel will meet the stringent California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements.

The Chevy Cruze sedan diesel will come out in the first quarter 2017 as a 2017 model; the Chevy Cruze hatchback diesel will be in car dealerships in 2017 as a 2018 model. The diesel will be offered on the 2017 Cruze Hatch LT and Premier trims, and with the RS package. The Chevy Cruze is sold in over 100 countries with 3.5 million sold since it went on sale in 2008.

Chevy Cruze offers two lively, responsive powerhouses — a standard 153-horsepower 1.4L turbocharged gas engine, or an available 1.6L Turbo Diesel engine with 240 lb.-ft. of torque. Either way, you’ll be fast on your way to realizing your dreams.

Prices for the diesel have not been announced. The 2016 Chevy Cruze sedan gasoline 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection offers an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway. Typically, a diesel engine gives twenty percent better fuel economy.

The 2019 Cruze is all about bold impressions. But it’s more than just a pretty face. Remarkable efficiency and a range of standard and available tech prove that Cruze offers just as much substance as it does style. And with the choice between sedan and hatchback body styles, how you make your statement is totally up to you.

2018 Chevy Cruze hatchback diesel, courtesy General Motors

2018 Chevy Cruze hatchback diesel, courtesy General Motors

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.