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.
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.
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.