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Chevrolet 2017 Cruze Diesel EPA-rated at 52 mpg highway, 37 mpg combined; Tier 3 Bin 125

The 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan (earlier post) fitted with the six-speed manual transmission offers an EPA-estimated highway mileage of 52 mpg (4.52 liters/100 km)—the highest highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid/non-EV in the US. The six-speed manual model returns an EPA-estimated city mileage of 30 mpg (7.83 l/100 km), resulting in 37 mpg (6.35 l/100 km) 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.

The 2017 Cruze Diesel Sedan, due to go on sale this spring, features a new B20-capable Ecotec 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine—already proven in Europe and other global markets—offering an SAE-certified 137 horsepower (102 kW) and 240 lb-ft of torque (325 N·m). Cruze Diesel passed all stringent US environmental standards and validation, including Tier 3 Bin 125 emissions standards.

The EPA Tier 3 Bin 125 (California LEV III ULEV125) calls for 125 mg/mi of NMOG + NOx, and 2.1 g/mile of CO2. Under Tier 3, the numerical value of the seven bins corresponds to the NMOG + NOx milligram limit. The bins are 160; 125; 70; 50; 30; 20; and 0.

The former individual NMOG and NOx limits were combined under LEV III and Tier 3 to provide vehicle manufacturers additional flexibility in meeting the combined limit values rather than the individual limits required under the older LEV II or Tier 2. By 2025, when it is fully implemented, LEV III will result in a 75% reduction in NMOG plus NOx emissions across the California fleet; the federal fleet achieves an 80% reduction in NMOG + NOx and a 70% reduction in PM with Tier 3.

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.

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.

A suite of connectivity features includes 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. Base price of the entry-level gasoline-powered Cruze is $17,850. Cruze Diesel Hatch will follow Cruze Diesel Sedan later this year for the 2018 model year.


Brent Jatko

This sounds fantastic, but in the grand scheme of things, it won't mak much difference because nobody buys small sedans any more.

Brent Jatko

^make (hate the inability to EDIT posts here!)

Dr. Strange Love

Ya. Does sound good. Also, CARB is in the board room right now looking at ways to serve NOVs against it too. CARB has revenue generation on their Scorecard. Diesels are easy targets. Imagine if CARB went after Gassers, they would be out of Business. The California Commoner would come after them real quick. The California Commoner which is 99% of their Tax base has NO ideas they exist.


CARB is why you have clean air such as it is; it is good you have them working for you or you would be choking in a sea of man-made pollution. Many of us remember L.A. in the sixties before CARB.

The fossil fuel and auto industries, Trump and the Republicans could care less about you and yours and people's health.


If the 1960s cars were 2000 in L.A. air would be like Mexico City.

The Lurking Jerk

@ Lad,
Right you are. I did notice that during the Carter, Clinton and Obama years all pollution was prevented, and those were the only years that caring existed.


Pull the 32 out and put a bullet to the back of the Diesel's head already.

1) We're not trying to Make Oncology Great Again. Enough with the spewing of cancer particles.
2) This car will liberally save the driver Nothing in fuel costs.
3) It get's clobbered in the city by Hybrids, Plugins and EV's.

Now, imagine a clean world where we all drove EV's, cars, buses and trucks.
Imagine the lack of noise and stink in the city.
Now, imagine the city property values Shoot to the Moon.


Diesel needs to go back to it's 1910 home for old ideas.


People need to stop bashing diesels as they their long term durability exceeds gassers 2-4 times longer. If half the emissions are produced simply manufacturing the vehicle tilting things in favor of diesel. Which the emissions mainly from acceleration can easily be negated via hybridization or dual fuel cng system capable of supplying 70% cng / 30% diesel. Where the later is most ideal combo being that diesel itself is a lubricant while gas "washes" the cylinders. Hence, gasoline being the most potent solvent in machine shops.


In the end it comes down to price, I don't know what equipment you get in the "diesel" package, but $24,670 for a Cruise is a hefty price. This is Prius territory.

Diesel engine it self may be long term durable, but all around it is not (DPF, EGR, SCR, Turbine, high pressure fuel sistem ...)


Regarding the "spewing of cancer particles" comment, the 2017 Cruze diesel is officially certified to have PM emissions of 0.2 mg/mile (0.0002 g/mi - https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onroad/cert/pcldtmdv/2017/gm_pc_a0062075_1d6_u3-125_diesel.pdf).

The 2017 Toyota Prius Eco is officially certified to have PM emissions of 0.4 mg/mi (0.0004 g/mi - https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/onroad/cert/pcldtmdv/2017/toyota_pc_a0140950_1d8_s3-30.pdf).

That tired old myth needs to be buried once and for all.


Run HPR diesel, no sulfur, low particulate and made from plant oils.


no start stop for the manual? at least we can bump start the shit out of it... just kidding!


Our new Toyota Prius HEV does 55 mpg combined, runs cleaner-quieter and cost less?

Rexford Dundon

Your Prius Hybrid in real world fuel economy yes is superb in town, but on the highway, gets worse fuel economy than the Cruze 1.6 turbo diesel.


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