New Chevy Diesel Powertrain Options: Wider Selection Than Ever Before

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.

2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback
For 2018 the Cruze Hatchback will have a diesel option

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.

2016 Chevy Cruze is the Most Fuel-Efficient Car in its Segment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has rated the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze at 42 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel-efficient car in its segment for highway fuel economy.

The Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with more than four million sold since it went on sale back in 2008.

2016 Cruze Sedan

Thanks to a new, direct-injected 1.4-liter EcoTec turbocharged four-cylinder engine and 250 pounds of weight reduction, the Cruze L, LS, and LT models equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission were rated at 30/42/35 mpg city/highway/combined, better than rivals such as the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Jetta. The manual was rated at 29/41/33 mpg and the top-of-the-line Cruze Premiere at 30/41/34 mpg.

The new Cruze also uses stop/start technology to bolster efficiency in stop-and-go traffic and achieves about 7% better fuel economy than previous models during city driving.