Cruze here in India is powered by a 2.0L VCDi Diesel Motor and is present in only a sedan version. Chevrolet also offers a hatchback version in UK for which they have just announced availability of more fuel efficient 1.7L VCDi diesel motor which would get in starting this May. This diesel motor is also expected to power the Station Wagon Variant (on which the next Cruze facelift in India is expected) later on in the year.
The 4-pod tubo diesel delivers a maximum power output of 130PS and a peak torque of 300Nm. The biggest strength of the car is its combined mileage of 62.7 mpg or 22.18 kmpl. That’s a whooping figure for a car this size and more than our current B+ segment hatches here in India.
The hatchback would be available in 3 trims, base LS starting from 16,725 pound, LT at 17,825 pound and top of the line LTZ at 18,685 pounds. Talking about performance, the car is capable of doing 0-60 mph (96kmph) in 9.4 seconds and can attain a top speed of 200 kmph.
Should Chevrolet think of bringing this to the current Cruze sedan in India? Considering its fantastic fuel efficiency and very respectable performance figures, it could well be a big helper in sales. Currently, Corolla Altis and Renault do with even smaller and less powerful engines in the same segment.