Diesel Chevrolet Cruze Hatch to Arrive With an Extra Helping of Sportiness

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
diesel chevrolet cruze hatch to arrive with an extra helping of sportiness

General Motors seems to hope buyers of its upcoming diesel Chevrolet Cruze hatchback are interested in both fuel economy and tossing around their new purchases with reckless abandon.

When it goes on sale this fall, the 2018 Cruze diesel hatch will offer a standard six-speed manual transmission, as well as something you won’t find on its diesel sedan sibling — the RS Package. It looks like “fun diesel” is the new “clean diesel.”

According to car shopping site CarsDirect, entry-level diesel hatches will pile on the goodies, possibly in a bid to attract wayward Europhiles. Both the RS Package — which adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, a rear spoiler and body kit — and the Convenience Package come standard on the “base” diesel hatch, which is actually an LT model. The mandatory add-ons pair with a 1.6-liter turbodiesel making 137 horsepower and a TDI-like 240 lb-ft of torque.

Pricing for the 2018 Cruze diesel hatch starts at $26,310 (after destination charge) for the manual transmission, rising to $26,740 if buyers opt for the nine-speed automatic. It’s the stick shift that garners the diesel sedan a 52 mile-per-gallon highway rating.

The extra standard content is reflected in the $1,640 gap between the manual diesel LT hatch and its four-door equivalent (which carries a $24,670 sticker). Moving up to the automatic diesel hatch amounts to pocket change, as the loss of the third pedal also means the disappearance of the RS Package. The Convenience Package, which brings keyless entry, keyless start and power heated seats, remains.

Selling diesel cars in the U.S. remains an iffy proposition, but GM is probably encouraged by the speed at which newly legal 2015 Volkswagen TDIs are flying off lots.

[Image: General Motors]

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  • Delta88 Delta88 on May 21, 2017

    I really wanted to like the Cruze Hatch but they chose style over function and made a small opening and space. The thing I dislike most about new Chevrolets are the heaps of plasti-chrome all over and the nauseating blue backlighting. The interior is trying too hard to be faaaaancy. VW and KIA do "cheap" car interiors better, IMHO

  • Danwat1234 Danwat1234 on Jun 16, 2017

    Or, get a sporty Chevy Bolt with incentives... faster accelerating than the Cruze Diesel and far more economical.

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂