• Mar 28, 2010
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chevrolet will use the 2010 New York Auto Show to reveal a few more details about the production Cruze sedan going on sale this fall. Specifically, the Big Apple is where Chevy will formally unveil the high-mileage Cruze Eco model and RS trim package (inset). The Chevrolet Cruze Eco is propelled by the new turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec inline four-cylinder. This engine, combined with a six-speed manual transmission, is not only the most powerful unit available, it's also expected to yield a hybrid-like 40 miles per gallon on the highway. In order to help achieve that lofty number, the Cruze Eco gets drag-reducing shutters that close off the lower grille at higher speeds. Also contributing to the car's elevated fuel efficiency are a deep front air dam and under-body panels. The 1.4 turbo is rated at 138 horsepower and a healthy 148 pound-feet of torque.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze RSLike other Chevy models, the Cruze will also be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. The LS gets a 136-horsepower naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter four, while the two higher trims get the turbo. Drivers wishing for a sportier appearance can opt for the RS package, which adds foglamps, rocker panel extensions and a rear spoiler. The RS pack also brings an upgraded interior featuring chrome trim and backlit instrument cluster bezels.

Pricing and official EPA fuel economy numbers won't be available until later this year when the Cruze actually goes on sale. Check out the Cruze Eco and Cruze RS in the high-res image galleries below. We'll have lots more on these cars next week once we look them over in person at the Javits Center.




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Chevrolet Cruze Eco: Hybrid-Like Fuel Efficiency Without The Price Tag

o Cruze Eco delivers an estimated segment-leading 40 mpg on the highway
o Optional RS appearance package for Cruze LT and LTZ trim levels


NEW YORK – 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."

Chevrolet also shows an optional RS sport appearance package for the Cruze LT and LTZ trim levels.

Cruze is the first in a family of all-new Chevrolet small and compact cars designed to offer excellent fuel economy, outstanding quality and top safety ratings. Cruze models for the United States and Canada will be produced at the Lordstown, Ohio assembly complex. In February, Chevrolet announced the addition of a third shift at Lordstown that will add 1,200 workers to support a smooth, fast and flawless ramp-up of Cruze production. More than $350 million has been invested to re-tool the plant and add new, state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment.

"This investment helps secure the best possible manufacturing footprint to react to market demand and deliver vehicles faster to our customers," said Campbell. "We believe Cruze is the right car at the right time for American consumers."

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.

Cruze RS details

Complementing Cruze's sporty proportions is an optional RS appearance package for the LT and LTZ trim levels, which bolsters the car's styling with 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 – providing a sporty nighttime appearance.

"For customers who want even more personality and presence in their vehicle, the RS appearance package builds on the already bold face and coupe-like proportions of the Cruze," said Michael Simcoe, executive director, North American Exterior Design.

Midsize presence in the compact segment
All Cruze models offer the spaciousness and amenities of a midsize car, combined with segment-leading features and details that challenge preconceived notions about what a compact car can be in North America.

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.

All models share an interior characterized by upscale materials and a lengthy roster of equipment usually found in larger and more expensive vehicles. Available technologies include Bluetooth and a navigation system.

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 (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm), it enables a cruising range of more than 500 miles (800 km). Cruze will lead the way for Chevrolet in the use of small-displacement, turbocharged Ecotec engines that are highly fuel-efficient and power vehicles that are fun to drive.

Standard on LS models is a 1.8L Ecotec four-cylinder rated at an estimated 136 horsepower (184 kW) and 123 lb.-ft. of torque (166 Nm). Both engines are designed with fuel efficiency in mind, including technology such as variable valve timing that optimizes performance and fuel economy.

Backing the Cruze's engines are six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Each contributes to excellent fuel economy.

Chevrolet engineers have already logged more than 4 million miles in quality and durability testing worldwide, making Cruze one of the most real world-tested products prior to a U.S. launch. It is backed by Chevrolet's five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty – the best coverage in America.

About Chevrolet
Chevrolet is one of America's best-known and best-selling automotive brands, and one of the fastest growing brands in the world. With fuel solutions that range from "gas-friendly to gas-free," Chevrolet has nine models that offer an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon or more on the highway, and offers two hybrid models. More than 2.5 million Chevrolets that run on E85 biofuel have been sold. Chevrolet delivers expressive design, spirited performance and strives to provide the best value in every segment in which it competes. More information can be found at www.chevrolet.com. For more information on the Volt, visit http://media.gm.com/volt.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm glad the at they're progressing, however I cannot understand how this isn't going to be destroyed by the new Focus. Maybe it's because us enthusiasts have seen it so much already, but I feel as though anyone's eyes would find it stale compared to the Focus!
        • 4 Years Ago
        i would agree with you but i see the difference between the Cruze and the Focus in terms of styling. they still look fresh and attractive to me. the Cruze a more "minimalist" and sporty look; in other words it doesn't have the creases and radical shapes of the Focus. Meanwhile the Focus looks almost like it belongs in a rally car tournament because of the front end design while looking good, they need to tame it down a bit. now as far as the Cruze being Competitive to the Focus, it will be dead on competitive in terms of price, fuel economy, and engine performance ON PAPER. and when put out for sale, it will still be fresh to the consumers who haven't seen it before; not the people on autoblog and other auto enthusiast sites or journals.

        Now, as i am going to be ready to make a purchase to replace my 8 year old Saturn, the design of the Cruze inside and out, and the 1.4 DI-t, and the RS appearance package solidly puts this car at the top of my list for consideration.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is going to be destroyed by the Focus. Sorry, but it's true. The Cruze's limp electric power steering and beam-axle rear end (compensated for by understeer-heavy chassis tuning) are badly trumped by the Focus' tight helm, IRS, and midcorner adjustability.

        If you're a Chevy fan, just write off the chassis-dynamics department and find some other category to get excited about.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Apparently you can find the dark cloud behind every silver lining.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a bland design. This is going to be an easily over-looked car on streets and in parking lots. It's just not 'new' looking but maybe that's what GM was looking for, an inoffensive and non-descript little car that will blend-in with the Sentras and Corollas we see everyday.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The U.S. government really knows how to run a car company!
      • 4 Years Ago
      nice!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The look and detailing on the Cruze RS (bring me an SS!) give nothing away to the Focus, and the Chevy interior is better, IMHO. The Cruze will be right in the thick of things, and Ford and Chevy will finally be in the compact car race. Not to mention the Fiesta and (yes!) the Michigan-built Aveo. Hmmm, this also bodes well for a production Aveo RS. Sweet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        RS stands for Rallye Sport. This car will never see a rally in it's life time, except a few grandmothers will see who can follow the speed limit exactly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Length doesn't make a huge difference in drag. Think of a jetliner. They fly at hundreds of miles an hour so drag matters a lot. They are all very long and very narrow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The only thing missing is the a 3-door hatch variant that cuts a bit of length and weight out.

        Seriously, a tiny runabout with even better Cd at highway speeds due to the hatch, and less weight? Could push from 40 mpg to 42 or 43 mpg.
        • 4 Years Ago
        there is an optimum length to width ratio for cD, its roughly 7 to 1

        few autos get anywhere near that, think greyhound bus or limo. shortening this car would prob hurt aero

        that being said, hatch/wagons are more aerodynamic than the equivalent sedan. the back of the car tends to have cleaner wake properties
        • 4 Years Ago
        Would all you guys shut up already about hatchbacks and wagons? Autoblog fans are always begging for them, yet they don't sell in the US. There is no point of offering them here if no profit is made.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hate to say it, but this thing looks old already. It just feels like....a rental car. I know it's upgraded and should sell decently but, meh.

        I think GM's going to have its work cut out with Ford's product sweep coming online. I don't favor one brand over the other but it's hard to deny the the phenomenon that is Ford right now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cut a foot off the length, and the handling tightens, plus you lose at least 100 pounds of metal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Paul
        And this car would be doomed to rental fleets if the American car buying public put more thought and research into their purchases. But they bought Cavaliers in droves, and they'll buy this thing in droves too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, unless they gave the hatch variant a Kamm tail, the Cd would probably be worse than that of the sedan because of the truncation. Separation of flow causes drag at the back, which is why the Prius and Insight (and some newer 5-door hatches and wagons) taper toward the back. Same principle causes dirt to collect on the backs of vans and hatchbacks.

        This is why trucking companies consider solutions like this:
        http://green.autoblog.com/2009/11/13/coming-to-a-highway-near-you-tapered-semi-trailers/

        Though, the weight reduction would be nice. Yes, safety equipment, but I think cars are still a bit portly these days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      138 horses and 148 lb/ft, and 10 seconds 0-60 with the manual... sounds like massively tall gear ratios. Especially since the automatic is quicker (~9 seconds 0-60) despite torque converter losses.

      Conversely, I'd expect MPG to be much more ordinary with the (presumably shorter-geared) auto.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What 'torque converter losses'?
        BMW locks up the torque converter with the new 8 speed in 1st gear.
        "The torque converter is an excellent launch device," said Draeger. "It has many advantages: we close it out at just 1000 rpm, when the car has traveled only 2 to 3 meters from rest, so it's almost never involved. And besides, its performance stays exactly the same throughout the whole lifetime of the vehicle - we don't ever get warranty claims on torque converters."
        http://www.dctfacts.com/emerging-technology/8-speed-battles-dct-bmw.aspx

        No, I don't expect GM to do exactly the same, but they can lock it up, upon upshifting into 2nd gear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Holy crap...a 10 second 0-60 on a manual transmission is abhorrent...what the hell did they do to the gears.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I correct in understanding the RS and the Eco model have the same engine? So you get to choose between sportiness or higher fuel economy but they have the same engine? Wow, seems like GM has a winner here: fuel-conscious AND compact-sport segment buyers satisfied by the same engine. If it works it might actual be GM's first success following the "killing two birds with one stone" idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The US version has a completely new low-consumption engine than the other versions...probably smart to start with that one here in the US rather than the less note-worthy engine. Awkward styling tho.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome. I like it a lot.

      Anyone know what this car weights?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It will weigh maximum of 2900 lbs est. Some 400 lbs lighter than the cobalt (don't me on weight reduction but it will hover around 2900
        • 4 Years Ago
        The UK market Cruze with 1.8 gas engine is listed at 2,840 (stick) and 2,900 (auto). The 2.0 diesel (stick only) is listed at 3,150.

        • 4 Years Ago
        3,042 lbs for 1.8 manual, 3120 for 1.8 automatic.

        Not sure about the 1.4 turbo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sure is a lot of "damning with faint praise" going on here. The styling deserves it.
      Where's the excitement?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder whether there will be a Cruze SS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I totally buy the 32mpg highway rating of the Equinox. In my experience, EPA highway is easily duplicated in the real world. My last 3 cars were (1) an HHR LS2, 2.4 / 4-sp auto without the Equinox's DI, rated at 30mpg highway. No problem duplicating (and not just for short periods, either.) (2) an Astra 5-speed rated at 32mpg highway. This car averaged 30.9 over 12,500 miles of mixed but mostly (80/20) highway miles. (3) Cobalt SS sedan currently with just over 1000 miles, rated at 30mph highway, already seeing tank averages in the 28-29 range. This will surely improve around 5000 miles, like the last two vehicles. You do have to be aware of how you are driving, but these numbers are not fiction. And I more than keep up with traffic...
      • 4 Years Ago
      FORD > CHEVY
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like Ford, but the truth is that they only did not require Federal assistance because the hit the banks before the market crashed. Obviously because they were in worse shape than GM and Chrysler at the time. I love Ford, but this whole idea that they are better because they did not get government money is not accuate.
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