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  • Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Brandon Turkus / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Brandon Turkus / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Brandon Turkus / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Brandon Turkus / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Brandon Turkus / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Brandon Turkus / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Brandon Turkus / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Brandon Turkus / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Brandon Turkus / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Brandon Turkus / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Brandon Turkus / AOL
  • Image Credit: Copyright 2016 Brandon Turkus / AOL
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Last night, after media were given a chance to test drive the new Cruze hatchback, Chevrolet announced the new Cruze will be available with a diesel next year. And in a surprise twist, it'll be available with a six-speed manual transmission in the hatchback version as well. Both versions are available with a new nine-speed automatic. This marks a change from the previous Cruze diesel, which was only available with an automatic.

GM confirmed the Cruze would get the same 1.6-liter, four-cylinder turbodiesel found in the 2018 Equinox, which in that CUV produces 136 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque and is already federalized for US sale. GM did not confirm the exact output of the Cruze's version of this engine. Automotive News also reports it could hit up to 50 miles per gallon on the highway on the US test cycle, based on how its Opel counterpart does on the European test cycle. We learned from a GM engineer that it would once again use urea-injection to meet emissions standards.

This announcement also shows that GM is making major moves in the diesel market. In addition to the 2018 Chevy Equinox, the company has offered a turbodiesel four-cylinder in the Colorado since the 2016 model year. With a line-up like this, it seems the General has quite a bit of confidence in this market despite, or perhaps because of, Volkswagen's hasty retreat after the diesel scandal.

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