DETROIT -- The upcoming diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze might be General Motors' first non-hybrid vehicle since the 1990s to get an EPA-certified fuel economy rating of at least 50 mpg (4.7 l/100 km)on the highway.
GM is awaiting EPA certification of the car's fuel economy ratings ahead of a spring launch. The Cruze's new lightweight 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine will be optional on the Cruze hatchback and sedan.
Asked at the Detroit auto show about the Cruze diesel's highway rating, GM product development chief Mark Reuss said: "I think it will start with a five."
Mike Siegrist, chief engineer for the Cruze diesel, would not confirm that GM's target is a 50 mpg (4.7 l/100 km) highway rating. But he said the outgoing version's 44 mpg (5.35 l/100 km)would be topped. "We don't usually go backward," Siegrist said.
The early 1990s Geo Metro XFi is the last time GM had a non-hybrid car that had an EPA highway rating in the 50-mpg range.