Next to the Cruze RS, Chevrolet will also unveil an Eco version for the sedan at the New York Auto Show. The Chevrolet Cruze Eco is powered by a 1.4 liter Ecotec turbocharged engine with variable valve timing and will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2010.
The 1.4 liter Ecotec engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission has a fuel economy of 40 mpg on the highway. The Cruze Eco will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 10 seconds with the manual transmission and 9 seconds with the six-speed automatic.
The car is distinguished by a lower front grille air shutter, lower front air dam extension, extensive use of underbody panels, rear spoiler enhanced aerodynamics, and 17-inch lightweight aluminum wheels.
Updated 04/01/2010: GM today revealed a first video for the Cruze Eco. The video presents beauty shots of the car. Check it out!
Press release after the jump.
At the New York Auto Show, Chevrolet reveals the compact 2011 Cruze Eco. This high-efficiency model is powered by a 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine with variable valve timing that achieves an estimated 40 mpg on the highway when combined with a six-speed manual transmission. Cruze Eco is expected to deliver the best fuel economy in the compact segment, while offering midsize car presence.
“The Cruze Eco delivers hybrid-like efficiency without the price tag,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president Chevrolet marketing. “Along with the Volt electric vehicle, it demonstrates how Chevrolet is working to bring new products to market that range from gas-friendly to gas-free.”
Cruze Eco details
Featuring a 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine with variable valve timing, the Cruze Eco is designed to be the most fuel-efficient model in the lineup, delivering an estimated 40 mpg on the highway with the standard six-speed manual transmission. City fuel economy, as well as estimates for the Cruze Eco equipped with an available six-speed automatic transmission, will be finalized closer to launch.
The Eco achieves greater fuel economy using a number of features that enhance its aerodynamics, minimize weight and reduce rolling resistance. Details include:
- A lower front grille air shutter that closes at higher speeds to improve aerodynamics and opens at lower speeds to optimize engine-cooling airflow
- The upper grille has more “closeouts” to improve aerodynamics
- A lower front air dam extension, extensive use of underbody panels and a rear spoiler enhance aerodynamics
- A lowered ride height improves aerodynamics
- Unique 17-inch lightweight aluminum wheels
- Ultra-low rolling resistance 17-inch Goodyear tires.
The axle ratio on the manual-transmission model is also optimized for fuel economy, while helping the car deliver confident performance. Chevrolet estimates the Cruze Eco will deliver 0-60 mph performance of about 10 seconds with the manual transmission and 9 seconds with the six-speed automatic.
The Cruze Eco will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010.