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Chevy Cruze to get lower-power diesel variant in Europe; 99g CO2/km

Among the new features and options Chevrolet will introduce for the Cruze at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show will be a new lower-power variant of its 1.7L diesel engine. The new 110 hp (81 kW) variant has the smallest carbon footprint—99 g of CO2 per km—of all engines offered on the Cruze.

The new engine joins the 1.7L (130 hp/ 96kW) and 2.0L (163 hp/120 kW) diesel units in the Cruze line-up. Starting this autumn, a choice of four gasoline engines will also be available on all body styles of the Cruze—a naturally aspirated 1.4L (100 hp/75 kW); a 1.4L turbo (140 hp/103 kW); a 1.6L (124 hp/91 kW); and a 1.8L (141 hp/104 kW) engine.

In the US, the 2014 Cruze Diesel is only available with a 2.0L engine.

With the new model year, the Cruze also will be available with two different MyLink radios, both capable of seamlessly integrating smartphone content. In addition to the existing Chevrolet MyLink connected radio, a new MyLink system with an icon-based display menu will be offered on higher trims.

Also on higher trims of the Cruze family, Chevrolet is introducing Side Bind Zone Alert, a safety feature spots approaching vehicles in the side blind zone by means of radar. In potentially hazardous situations, the driver is alerted through an amber display that lights up in the left or right side mirror. The display will flash if the driver attempts to activate a turn signal while an object is present in the side blind zone. The outside rearview mirrors will sport integrated LED turn signals.



This will have various tax benefits for being < 100 gms/km
in different European countries.

+ 110 HP should be fine for most people.

The VW golf 1.6 tdi has 90 and 105 hp in its lower capacity diesels (also at 99 gms/km).

This is what you have to do to be state of the art in Europe (the technical and financial arts).


90/105 hp from a 1.6-liter engine is a joke. VW is definitely in the lead in the "anti-downsizing" league.

I thought that the GM 1.6-liter engine was scheduled to replace the 1.7-liter engine in all its applications but this does not seem to be the case for the near future anyway.


@Peter, downsizing is not an end in itself.
It is one way to make engines more efficient.

What matters is the mpg of the vehicle in normal use (combined with performance, NVH, maintainability and cost, tax bands, etc).

If you are involved with motor racing where you are limited by engine capacity, or if the taxation system penalises large engines, then it is a factor.

This used to be the case in much of Europe, but taxation has now changed (in general) to a CO2 emissions based system, so the engine capacity does not matter.

Hence car manufacturers can use engines of any capacity they like, as long as the CO2 and performance levels are good.

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