Psst. Hey, you. Yeah, the one who used to drive a Volkswagen diesel.
Chevy want to have slightly chat.
Smelling a possibility within the wake of VW’s emissions scandal and the German model’s very possible everlasting retreat from the diesel section within the U.S., Chevrolet is hoping to woo just a few of its castoffs with the return of a diesel-powered Cruze.
VW diesel house owners have been fanatical about their automobiles — they have been virtually a cult — they usually have been heartbroken when their idol fell. Many felt betrayed after they discovered they’d been driving soiled all these years, however all those I do know nonetheless miss their automobiles like misplaced kin, and they might reunite with them in a second in the event that they have been on the up and up.
Chevy guarantees its automobiles are. It began promoting a Cruze diesel in 2014 however discontinued it a 12 months later, partially as a result of it simply couldn’t crack the VW stronghold. Nevertheless it hasn’t run into any hassle with the feds, and the 2017 mannequin is totally new, with a motor that’s extra environment friendly than the previous one, if smaller and fewer highly effective. And it is going to be obtainable as each a sedan and hatchback this time round, so former Jetta and Golf house owners are each truthful sport.
The Cruze’s new engine is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo with 137 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, down from 2.zero liters, 170 hp and 264 lb-ft. Additionally supplied within the a lot bigger Chevrolet Equinox crossover, it’s sturdy sufficient to tug the little front-wheel-drive Cruze round with ease. To impress curious ex-VW house owners and others who anticipate diesel engines to return wrapped in a premium product, it comes solely in well-equipped fashions that begin at $24,670 for a sedan with a six-speed guide transmission and $26,270 with a 9-speed computerized. The hatchbacks will value a bit extra after they hit showrooms quickly, however you may’t get a brand new diesel car at this time for much less.
The stick-shift is EPA-rated at 52 mpg freeway, which is tops amongst all automobiles that aren’t hybrid or electrical, and the automated will get as much as 47 mpg freeway — precisely what I noticed when testing one in the actual world. Determine on refilling the required diesel exhaust fluid each 4,000 miles or so at round $20 a pop. Chevy made it simpler to do this this time round by transferring the filler tube from contained in the spare tire to behind the gasoline door, proper subsequent to the place you set within the diesel.
For the reason that new Cruze is just a few hundred kilos lighter than the one it replaces, the drop in energy isn’t a problem in any respect. The brand new engine is quieter than the previous one, although it nonetheless seems like a diesel, which some will little question discover comforting. An annoyance for others will be the stop-start system that shuts the engine off when the automotive isn’t transferring and might’t be deactivated, as is the Chevy method with this function on all its automobiles which have it. Restarts could be a little tough and get tiresome in site visitors.
When it’s transferring alongside, the Cruze doesn’t exhibit the dynamic polish of a VW, however it rides about in addition to a Toyota Corolla. It’s massive and cozy for a compact, with an enormous trunk and a good-looking, if largely arduous, plastic inside. The easy management format — which fortunately consists of knobs for quantity, fan velocity and temperature, however not tuning — is a welcome break from the various high-tech dashboard disasters on the market as of late, in a lot the identical method that VW’s logical designs are. Nonetheless, an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-equipped touchscreen infotainment system put in prime middle affords loads of digital features, together with a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Cruze diesel is a strong little freeway cruiser, and it’s at the moment in a category by itself. Its closest competitors comes within the type of the equally priced and much more fuel-efficient Hyundai Ioniq and Toyota Prius hybrids, however there may be additionally an alternate from a well-known foe.
Volkswagen is probably not constructing diesels for the U.S. anymore, however it purchased again a whole bunch of 1000’s of the soiled ones and discovered a repair to make a lot of them EPA compliant. These reboots shall be flooding the marketplace for years to return, and VW sellers have first dibs on them — so that you’ll be capable of purchase them off the lot, not simply in a shady again alley the place the Craigslister informed you to fulfill him.
However nothing can scrub the stigma off of them. So in order for you a diesel with a squeaky-clean repute, the Cruze is price a glance.
2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
Base value: $24,670
As examined: $26,270
Kind: 5-passenger, 4-door front-wheel-drive sedan
Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel
Energy: 137 hp, 240 lb-ft torque
Transmission: 9-speed computerized
MPG: 31 metropolis/47 hwy