Chevrolet: 2019 Cruze’s CVT Won’t Be For Regular Buyers
Late last week, we reported on the EPA quietly confirming the existence of a 2019 Cruze model with a continuously variable transmission, something that we knew Chevrolet was planning to do. However, according to a statement from the brand, most people won’t be able to buy the 2019 Cruze with a CVT.
This is according to Green Car Reports, who reached out to Chevrolet for comment after the initial EPA posting. In response, a spokesperson told the publication two things about the model. First of all, the EPA was only rating a small number of vehicles. Also, these few CVT Cruzes are only for fleet sales, not for normal retail.
We’re sorry if you were intrigued at the possibility of a CVT-model Cruze. At least for the 2019 model year, the Cruze is limited to a choice between a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic transmission and a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel with a nine-speed automatic.
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As a refresher, the Cruze with the 1.4-liter turbo-four (sedan or hatchback) makes 28 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. The same powertrain in the Cruze Premier Hatchback drops one mpg on the highway.
The diesel Cruze sedan, meanwhile, makes 31 mpg in the city, 48 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg combined. In the hatchback, the diesel delivers 30 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined.