Chevrolet has announced the availability of a new and more frugal diesel engine for its UK market Cruze. The 1.7-liter VCDi unit will be offered on the five-door hatchback version of the Cruze starting in May and the newly revealed Station Wagon variant later this year.
The four-cylinder turbo diesel develops a maximum output of 128-horses (130PS) and a peak torque of 300Nm (221 lb-ft) accelerating the hatchback model from 0-60mph (96km/h) in 9.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 124mph (200km/h).
It returns a fuel economy of 51.3mpg UK in the city, 72.4mpg UK (3.9lt/100km or 60.3mpg US) on the highway and 62.7mpg UK (4.5lt/100km or 52.2mpg US) combined, with CO2 emissions of 117g/km.
Chevrolet UK Managing Director Mark Terry commented: "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."
The 1.7 VDCi will be offered in three trim levels on the Cruze Hatch including the entry-level LS, which is priced at £16,725 and comes with features such as air conditioning, ESC, remote central locking, follow-me-home headlamps, electrically-adjustable mirrors and electric front windows.
The mid-range LT is priced at £17,825, while the range topping LTZ at £18,685.