In order to give drivers more options than ever before, Chevy has decided to release more diesel powertrain options. The new 2018 Equinox, the Cruze, and Cruze Hatchback will add diesel versions to provide better fuel economy. Capable of earning more than 40 mpg highway, these new power plants are bound to be more popular than ever.
According to Detroit News, diesels only make up a small portion of US automotive sales (about 3%), one reason many automakers have failed to provide a wide range of powertrain options. However, these new Chevy diesel powertrain options are designed to give car shoppers the opportunity to get better gas mileage by switching to a different fuel source.
As of now, Chevy is basically testing the market to see how popular these engines will be. “We’re going to see how the demand shakes out,” said Chevrolet marketing director Steve Majoros. “We’re going to provide another alternative for somebody that’s looking for that.”
What’s the difference between gasoline and diesel? Diesel engines compress air to heat and ignite fuel, a complex process that often leads to more efficient fuel consumption. While a normal gasoline engine compresses at a ratio of 8:1 or 12:1, a diesel works at a ratio of 14:1 or even 25:1. While diesel may be slightly more expensive at times, you often save more in the long run.