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Chevrolet News:2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Gets EPA Figures

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Another piece of the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel puzzle has been revealed. The official EPA numbers have been released and they are quite impressive. 

Six-Speed Manual: 30 City/52 Highway/37 Combined
Nine-Speed Automatic: 31 City/47 Highway/37 Combined

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A quick refresher on the Cruze Diesel: it will use a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder producing 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. The sedan will be arriving in the coming weeks with prices beginning at $24,670. The hatchback will get the diesel option next year.

Source: Chevrolet
Press Release is on Page 2


CRUZE DIESEL SEDAN SETS 52-MPG BENCHMARK

  • EPA Certifies Segment-Best Highway Mileage

DETROIT — The 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan offers up to an EPA-estimated highway mileage of 52 mpg — the highest highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid/non-EV in America. Based upon the EPA highway estimate, Cruze Diesel with the six-speed manual transmission has an estimated range of up to 702 highway miles on one tank of diesel fuel.

“Chevrolet is dedicated to offering customers a wide range of propulsion options. We know there are customers looking for the right combination of fuel efficiency, driving dynamics, fuel type and more. With the EPA-estimated 52-mpg highway Cruze Diesel Sedan, they can get it all,” said Steven Majoros, director of Chevrolet Marketing.

The 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan features a new Ecotec 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine offering an SAE-certified 137 horsepower (102 kW) and 240 lb-ft of torque (325 Nm). Cruze Diesel passed all stringent U.S. environmental standards and validation, including Tier 3 Bin 125 emissions standards.

Buyers will be able to option their Cruze Diesel Sedans with either a standard six-speed manual or a new, optional Hydra-Matic nine-speed automatic transmission that includes fuel-saving stop/start technology.

In addition to its segment-leading EPA-estimated 52 mpg highway fuel economy, Cruze Diesel with the six-speed manual returns an EPA-estimated city mileage of 30 mpg, resulting in 37 mpg combined. Cruze Diesel with the nine-speed automatic achieves an EPA-estimated highway economy of up to 47 mpg and 31 city mpg, which results in 37 mpg combined.

A suite of connectivity features complements the Cruze Diesel Sedan’s inherent efficiency. These include available OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility through Chevrolet MyLink.*

Pricing for 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan starts at $24,670 including $875 destination charge. Cruze Diesel Hatch will follow Cruze Diesel Sedan later this year for the 2018 model year.


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40 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Very impressive numbers but I'm surprised there is such a gap from the 6spd to the 9spd on the highway.

I agree, I am also surprised by the gap on MPG between manual and auto. I wonder how much more they will get in real world driving, after all someone is always getting higher than EPA #'s for Diesel.

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23 minutes ago, dfelt said:

I agree, I am also surprised by the gap on MPG between manual and auto. I wonder how much more they will get in real world driving, after all someone is always getting higher than EPA #'s for Diesel.

Agreed. Makes me wonder if those who opt for the 53mpg 6spd will be touching or surpassing 60mpg when cruising at slower speeds like 50-60mph.

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19 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Agreed. Makes me wonder if those who opt for the 53mpg 6spd will be touching or surpassing 60mpg when cruising at slower speeds like 50-60mph.

Sorry, 52mpg**

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Impressive numbers but I have to imagine the sales volume of a diesel and manual car will be dismal.  Manuals have like a 3-5% take rate to begin with.  Diesel is declining in popularity also.

i am surprised the 9 speed auto can't beat the manual in fuel economy.  I do think they'll sell a decent number with the automatic.

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I couldn't imagine a compact diesel with an automatic...but they have to do that for the stupid Americans that can't drive a stick.

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i bet the mpg difference is the gearing plus "lockup ratio" difference from auto to manual...

that power is even better than what i had in my '83 regal wagon... a 2x or 3x the gears. lol

 

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1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

I couldn't imagine a compact diesel with an automatic...but they have to do that for the stupid Americans that can't drive a stick.

With all the Auto's on Gas getting better MPG than Manual, this is the one time I am actually confused as this is ass backward from what Diesel with Auto is getting elsewhere. I am truly confused how the Auto is worse than the Manual.

Makes one wonder!

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Well I always got better than advertised with my Beetle TDi.  I wish Chevy the very best of luck with selling these and conquesting former TDi owners.

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My diesel Escort easily got over 55mpg highway, but it was probably 1000 lbs lighter than today's compact diesels ( and pretty basic and stripped down). 

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IIRC wasn't that a Mazda diesel in the Escort?  How ironic that an engine that gave you 55 MPG is now in a political fight for its life.

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21 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

IIRC wasn't that a Mazda diesel in the Escort?  How ironic that an engine that gave you 55 MPG is now in a political fight for its life.

Yah, Mazda 2.0.  52hp.  Long time ago...

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On 2/14/2017 at 9:07 PM, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

I couldn't imagine a compact diesel with an automatic...but they have to do that for the stupid Americans that can't drive a stick.

Did it ever occur to you that some can drive stick yet live in areas of the country where there is ALWAYS traffic and it is an inherent nuisance to be in stop-and-go situations constantly hitting the clutch?

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driving stick doesn't mean someone's smarter. if it did, truck drivers would be MIT grads. 

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3 hours ago, Paolino said:

Did it ever occur to you that some can drive stick yet live in areas of the country where there is ALWAYS traffic and it is an inherent nuisance to be in stop-and-go situations constantly hitting the clutch?

True enough...I drove pretty much 100% manuals for 15 years but dealing w/ heavy traffic and the lack of availability got me into automatics 17 years ago.    

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1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

True enough...I drove pretty much 100% manuals for 15 years but dealing w/ heavy traffic and the lack of availability got me into automatics 17 years ago.    

My friend had 2 manuals... both leases... but after 6 years in traffic, I believe the quote was, "I had to get an automatic... I don't want to be 40 and need a hip replacement." ;)

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1 minute ago, Paolino said:

My friend had 2 manuals... both leases... but after 6 years in traffic, I believe the quote was, "I had to get an automatic... I don't want to be 40 and need a hip replacement." ;)

Back in the late 90s I was living in Colorado Springs with 3 vehicles with manuals--one with a fairly stiff clutch.  Getting stuck in afternoon freeway traffic there and in Denver and cluch in/cluch out all the time got really, really old.   Plus I then bought my Jeep which was only available w/ an automatic (first week I had it I had 'phantom clutch syndrome'--moving my left foot for a clutch that wasn't there).   I do like a manual in a sports car/sporty car, but for the daily grind I'm happy with automatics.  Still think I'd prefer a manual in a small diesel, though.     

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      Chevrolet estimates quarter-mile times in the 9-second range. Testing is ongoing.
      “The eCOPO Concept is all about where we go in the future with electrification in the high performance space,” said Russ O’Blenes, director, Performance Variants, Parts and Motorsports at General Motors. “The original COPO Camaro program was all about pushing the envelope, and this concept is an exploration with the very same spirit.”
      Chevrolet partnered with Hancock and Lane Racing not only because of the team’s success in NHRA drag racing, but also its involvement with Patrick McCue, the driving force behind the record-holding “Shock and Awe” electric drag racing car, and his Seattle-area Bothell High School automotive technology program. With the racing team’s assistance, more than a dozen students participated in the development and assembly of the electrified drag car.
      “This project exemplifies Chevrolet and General Motors’ commitment to engaging young minds in STEM education,” said O’Blenes. “It also represents our goal of a world with zero emissions, with the next generation of engineers and scientists who will help us get there.”   
      800 volts
      Just as the original 1969 COPO Camaro models relied on creative engineering to make them successful in Stock Eliminator drag racing, the eCOPO breaks new ground with its unique motor and GM’s first 800-volt battery back.
      The electric motor is based on a pair of BorgWarner HVH 250-150 motor assemblies, each generating 300 lb-ft of torque, and replaces the gas engine. It is connected to a conventional  racing-prepared “Turbo 400” automatic transmission that channels the motor’s torque to the same solid rear axle used in the production COPO Camaro race cars.
      The all-new 800-volt battery pack enables a more efficient power transfer to the electric motor and supports faster recharging, which is important for the limited time between elimination rounds in drag racing.
      “Eight hundred volts is more than twice the voltage of the battery packs in the production Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV, so the eCOPO pushes into new technological territory,” says O’Blenes. “As GM advances its electrification leadership, a big step might just come from the drag strip.”
      The battery pack is composed of four 200-volt modules, each weighing approximately 175 pounds, mounted strategically in the car for optimal weight distribution. Two are located in the rear seat area and the other two are in the trunk: one in the spare tire well and the other in the area over the rear axle.
      A full Battery Management System monitors all critical voltages and temperatures within the pack. It ties into a comprehensive safety system that continuously evaluates all vehicle electrical components for proper function and safe operation. The batteries in the rear compartment are sealed off from the interior and an integrated driveshaft tunnel has been added between the modules for increased protection. Additionally, the roll cage in the trunk area has been expanded to provide additional protection for the rear-mounted modules.
      With the modules’ strategic positions, the eCOPO Camaro has greater than a 56 percent rear-weight bias, which helps launch the car more efficiently.
      Electric crate motors
      The eCOPO Camaro Concept expands Chevrolet and General Motors’ electrification development and supports future product development. It also suggests a potential new avenue for Chevrolet’s crate engine and performance parts portfolio.
      The eCOPO Camaro’s electric motor has the same bell house mounting pattern and crankshaft flange as the popular LS-family engines in Chevrolet’s crate engine portfolio. That allows it to bolt up to just about any General Motors transmission. In fact, the transmission, driveshaft and other drivetrain components remain in the same locations as in a gasoline-powered COPO Camaro race car, meaning the electric motor simply bolts into the engine compartment in place of the gas engine.  
      “The possibilities are intriguing and suggest a whole new world for racers,” said O’Blenes. “Chevrolet pioneered the concept of the high-performance crate engine right around the time the original COPO Camaro models were created, and the eCOPO project points to a future that could include electric crate motors for racing, or even your street rod. We’re not there yet, but it’s something we’re exploring.”
      In the meantime, Chevrolet and Hancock and Lane Racing will continue to develop the eCOPO Camaro and test it on the drag strip, seeking quicker elapsed times with all-new technology.
      The eCOPO Concept, shown in Electric Blue, joins the 50th anniversary 2019 COPO Camaro production race car and approximately two dozen additional Chevrolet concepts and show vehicles at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas through Nov. 2.

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