Diesel engines is facing a backlash around the globe, however General Motors still believes there are enough takers interested in the diesel fuel, which helped the company to build up a diesel variant of the Chevrolet Cruze.
The Cruze sedan which belongs to the ‘D’ segment, has failed to see the light of success till now in India. The sales of the sedan is mainly hurt by the below average resale value and average after sales service, despite having a brilliant engine and stunning looking exterior. GM has launched the new generation Cruze in the US market with 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine, back in 2015. The US spec'd Cruze is slated to receive to get a new diesel mill near feature.
Chevrolet is expected to replace the Indian spec’d Cruze, which is on sale currently. The current model is powered by a brilliant 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which can pump out 166PS of maximum power and 320nm of maximum torque. However, the new Cruze should get a 1.6-liter ‘Whisper diesel’ engine. The new diesel engine has been jointly developed by brands like ‘Vauxhall’ and ‘Opel’ which are owned by Chevrolet itself.
The 1.6-liter diesel engine is already doing duty under the hood of Opel Astra, a mechanical twin to the new Cruze, the engine can churn out 158hp of power and 347nm of torque. General Motors should use the same engine, to the Cruze sedan which should only require some mild modifications to meet regulations. The new diesel engine is likely to be less powerful than the outgoing model, but it is likely to be more fuel efficient and better for the environment.
India is probably going to get the 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine, that made its debut with the US spec’d Cruze in 2015 and is as of it is on sale in USA. If the turbocharged petrol option is offered, then it will be the first time for the Cruze sedan in India.