Economical diesel widens Chevrolet Cruze appeal

The Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback’s appeal has been extended with the addition of an economical 1.7 diesel engine that slots below the exiting two-litre unit.

Achieving combined economy of 72.4 mpg and CO2 emission figures of just 117 g/km, the new diesel brings the Cruze in to road tax band C, just £30 per year and free for the first year. The benefit-in-kind tax commitment also drops to just 17 per cent.

Despite its economy, the Cruze 1.7 VCDi also performs reasonably well, with the engine developing maximum power of 130 ps (128 bhp) and a torque figure of 300 nm (221 lb/ft) – that means the 0-60 mph sprint takes a very respectable 9.4 seconds while a top speed of 124 mph is achievable.

The Cruze is also well specified, with all models coming with air conditioning, electronic stability control, remote central locking and electric mirrors and windows. The top of the range LTZ adds cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, climate control and aluminium detailing, amongst others.

“The new 1.7 VCDi gives Chevrolet a real opportunity to compete in the core area of the five-door hatchback market, where tax implications, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are critical,” explained Chevrolet UK’s Managing Director Mark Terry. “Already a hit with private buyers, this new engine gives Cruze a much broader appeal to fleets and really helps underline our commitment to growth in this key business area. With the five-door now established in the market and a Station Wagon imminent, the Cruze range keeps getting better and better, and is just what our customers and dealers are requesting.”

Prices for the 1.7 diesel start at £16,725 and rise to £18,685. Available initially in the five-door Cruze, an estate version will appear later in 2012.

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Phil is a motoring writer for print and web, failed racing driver, car hoarder and banger rally competitor. Nominated for the Headline Auto Rising Star award and a MGMW member, Phil freelances for outlets as diverse as Diesel Car magazine, and Cambridge Magazine, amongst many others. He also maintains a fleet of unloved motors, but spends most of his time driving an old Corvette.

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