The New Plant features Co2 emissions of just 117g/km, and should give returns of up to 72.4MPG on the combined cycle at the pumps. Couple this to Chevrolet’s excellent pricing and keen specification list on the Cruze, make this a tempting proposition to any family buyer. And lets not forget the Cruze has race pedigree, having won the World Touring Car championship for two years in a row now.
The new engine may have plenty of green credentials, but that doesn’t mean it lacks punch, the 1.7 VCDi produces 130PS and 300Nm of torque, this accelerates the car from 0-60mph in 9.4 seconds and onto a top speed of 124MPH.
Chevrolet UK Managing Director Mark Terry said: “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. 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.”
Three trim levels will be available, with equipment identical to comparable models in the Cruze line-up. The entry-level LS, which comes with such features as air conditioning, ESC, remote central locking, follow-me-home headlamps, electrically-adjustable mirrors and electric front windows, is priced at £16,725, while the mid-range LT is £17,825. The range topping LTZ, priced at £18,685, is one of the best-equipped cars in its class, with standard cruise control, 17-inch alloys, auto-dimming mirror, automatic headlights, climate control, rain-sensing wipers and aluminium-effect interior detailing.
The engine will be available initially in the 5 door Cruze Hatchback, and then feature in the Cruze station wagon later in 2012. Deliveries for the Cruze hatch 1.7 VCDi expected in May.
See our other Blog on the New Cruze Station wagon for details
Our View on new engine package
Cruze was crying out for a new frugal diesel package in this competitive Family hatch segment, As good as the other 2.0 VCDi unit is, with emissions of 147 g/km and return at the pumps of 50.4 mpg left it trailing behind its competitors. This new engine will add new appeal to the Cruze in this segment, with more and more people looking for frugal family cars at a competitive price.