Exclusively for their UK customers, Chevrolet will be launching Cruze sedan with a new 1.7 VCDi diesel engine. This five door hatch will compete with others in its category where fuel economy and auto emissions are concerned. The VCDi engine gives the Cruze more importance as a fleet vehicle.
The 1.7 VCDi 5 door version will cost £16,725 and is on sale at present. This diesel engined version offers fuel economy of 62.7 miles per gallon which is 12.3 miles per gallon more than the Cruze 2.0 VCDi model. Auto emissions too are lower at 117 gms per km which is 30 gms per km lower than the 2.0 VCDi model. Output will be at 130 PS while peak torque will be at 300 Nm. This results in lower running costs which gives the vehicle a head over other diesel version cars such as Ford Focus and Hyundai i30.
Chevrolet Cruze will be offered in three variants; entry level LS which will have air conditioning and stability control, LT model with alloy wheels, electric rear windows and parking sensors while the top model LTZ with have cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers with climate control. Deliveries of the Chevrolet Cruze 1.7 VCDi five door will commence from May 2012.
Mr Mark Terry, MD, Chevrolet UK, said, “The new 1.7 VCDi gives Chevrolet a real opportunity to compete in the core area of the five-door hatchback market, where tax implications, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are critical. Already a hit with private buyers, this new engine gives Cruze a much more broader appeal to fleets and really helps underline our commitment to growth in this key business area. With the five-door now established in the market and a Station Wagon imminent, the Cruze range keeps getting better and better, and is just what our customers and dealers are requesting.”