Chevrolet is taking the gold medal when it comes to gas mileage and eco-friendly design by introducing the latest Cruze Hatchback. This model could be the first non-hybrid vehicle to reach the 50 mpg this century, a truly astonishing feat. The improved Cruze Hatchback fuel economy is boosted due to a 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine, offered for 2018.
According to Autonews, the 2018 Cruze is set to hit North America as one of the most fuel efficient vehicles around. The intelligent engine will be paired with a sleek nine-speed transmission, offering in-tune gear ratios and smooth shifting.
“[Even] if the Cruze diesel can only hit 47 or 48 mpg, it should be a success in closing the gap with hybrids for highway driving efficiency,” said Dave Sullivan, AutoPacific analyst. “Keep in mind that the Malibu Hybrid gets 46 mpg on the highway.” Despite his statements, Sullivan still contends the Cruze will likely hit over 50 mpg.
Oddly, this isn’t the first time Chevrolet has developed a car that could get over 50 mpg. The Chevy Sprint was developed in the 1980s as a reaction to the residual fuel crises of a decade before, offering up to 53 mpg thanks to its lightweight design and three-cylinder engine. Though it only had a top speed of 60 mph, the Sprint was truly impressive. Now, Chevy is making history a second time.
As the first car of the century to get over 50 mpg, the 2018 Cruze Hatch is bound to go down in the history books. Be sure to check out this model as soon as it hits the market.