More Chevy Cruze Models Break Cover

1 Apr 2010 | 2,923 views | No Comment
chevy cruze eco Just in time for gas prices that are going up and tough new federal fuel economy standards that are on the horizon, Chevrolet is lifting the curtain on its all new 2011 Cruze Eco, 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. The car is making its debut this week at the New York International Auto Show, and interestingly enough Chevy is bucking an industry habit of making the fuel economy leader a scantily equipped “Plain Jane’” model. The Cruze Eco looks even costlier than the already flashy standard Cruze models  that have been seen thus far. The Eco has some sharp wheels, clean lines, and an attractive, well-done interior to boot. Not too shabby at all. He fact that this car is well-equipped and good looking too is likely to result in high sales for this one. The Chevy Cruze Eco is expected to deliver the best fuel economy in the compact segment, while offering midsize car presence. Chevy also unveiled an optional RS sport appearance package for the Cruze LT and LTZ trim levels. Cruze Eco details
Featuring a 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine with variable valve timing, the Chevy is predicting that the  Cruze Eco will be a class leader in fuel economy, and it is certain 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 comes with special features that are aimed at minimizing weight, improving its aerodynamic profile, and reduce rolling resistance--all important factors in determining fuel economy and efficiency. These features 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, lower front air dam extension, extensive use of underbody panels and a rear spoiler enhance aerodynamics. It also has a lowered ride height to improve aerodynamic, and uit will include its own specially designed 17-inch lightweight aluminum wheels, along with ultra-low rolling resistance 17-inch Goodyear tires. The RS appearance package for the LT and LTZ trim levels, includes unique fascias, rocker moldings, rear spoiler and fog lamps. An uplevel instrument cluster is also part of the package and includes chrome accent rings in place of the standard silver finish, as well as opaque cluster bezels that allow the cluster’s ice blue backlighting to shine through. Along with the Eco, the 2011 Cruze will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trims. Standard and available equipment includes:
  • Ten standard air bags, including frontal, front-seat side-impact air bags, roof rail head curtain, rear-seat side air bags and new front knee air bags
  • Bluetooth, USB connectivity, XM Satellite Radio and navigation system
  • Standard OnStar with one year of Directions and Connections service
  • MacPherson strut front suspension and Z-link rear suspension, with 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing, traction control and anti-lock brakes
  • Fuel-saving, rack-mounted electric power steering
  • Unexpected levels of quietness, smoothness and refinement for the segment.
Chevy says that Cruze’s 1.4L Ecotec turbo performs like a larger engine when needed, but retains the efficiency of a small-displacement four-cylinder in most driving conditions; it is standard on Eco, LT and LTZ models. Rated at an estimated at 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque, it enables a cruising range of more than 500 miles. Meanwhile, the LS  models will have an 1.8 liter Ecotec four cylinder engine putting out 136 horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque.

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