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Chevy Cruze Diesel Sedan Manages 4.5 L/100 KM Highway Rating

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The new Chevy Cruze Diesel sedan will offer the best fuel efficiency of any non-hybrid vehicle currently sold in the US

The Cruze Diesel is available with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed auto

Chevrolet Canada has announced fuel efficiency ratings for the 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan, which manages a highway fuel consumption rating of 4.5 L/100km (53 mpg)—the best rating of any non-hybrid vehicle in all of North America.

“The Cruze Diesel Sedan combines best-in-class fuel efficiency and fun-to-drive performance into a vehicle that offers compact car drivers yet another innovative alternative fuel option from Chevrolet,” said Shane Peever, brand manager of Chevrolet Cars in Canada.  “With its unparalleled fuel consumption rating, the Cruze Diesel delivers durability and torque in a package that suits our customers’ diverse lifestyles and driving habits.”

The 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan efficiency is thanks to a new Ecotec 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, which yields an SAE-certified 137 horsepower (102 kW) and what is expected to be segment-best 240 lb-ft of torque (325 Nm). The Cruze Diesel was able to pass all US environmental standards, including Tier 3 Bin 125 emissions standards.

Cruze Diesel Sedans will have a choice between either a standard six-speed manual or a new, available Hydra-Matic nine-speed automatic transmission with fuel-saving stop/start technology.

The six-speed manual model delivers a city rating of 7.7 L/100km, resulting in 6.3 L/100km combined. The nine-speed automatic Cruze Diesel manages a rating of 7.6 L/100km city rating, 5.0 L/100km highway, and 6.4 L/100km combined.

Standard connectivity features include OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility through Chevrolet MyLink.

The 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan carries a starting price of $24,195, plus a $1,600 destination freight charge.  The Cruze Diesel Hatch will be launched later this year as a 2018 model.