GM Launches 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
DETROIT - The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze sedans, arriving at U.S. dealerships this month, will offer class-leading standard safety features, expected class-leading fuel economy, and more standard equipment than competitive vehicles, according to General Motors.
The Cruze LS also offers more additional equipment than the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt VL, which it replaces in the manufacturer's lineup, and has a starting price of $16,995 including destination.
Cruze LS models feature a 1.8L Ecotec engine, rated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 123 lb.-ft. of torque (168 Nm) at 3,800 rpm. With the standard six-speed manual transmission, the 1.8L will deliver an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon city, and 36 mpg highway. With the available six-speed automatic, the 1.8L will deliver an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city, and 35 mpg highway.
Cruze LT and LTZ models feature a the 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine that delivers Ecotec 1.4L turbo, delivering 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 rpm and 4,900 rpm. Paired with a standard six-speed automatic, the engine delivers an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city, and 36 mpg highway.
The Cruze Eco model, which goes on sale later this year, will be the most efficient model of the lineup, according to the automaker. Eco models will feature the 1.4L turbo and a standard six-speed manual transmission. Combined with enhanced aerodynamics, weight optimization, and reduced rolling resistance, the Cruze Eco is expected to deliver a class-leading 40 miles per gallon on the highway.