Chevrolet will launch a new 2012 Cruze hatchback in May this year as it prepares to take on the likes of the Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Astra in the popular small family car market.
To compete with the established class-leaders, a new 1.7-litre diesel engine promises to bring running costs down to their lowest ever levels, according to Chevrolet.
Introduced alongside the two petrol and single 2.0-litre diesel already announced for the new Cruze, the new engine will deliver improved fuel economy and mean fewer trips to the pumps.
Chevrolet has quoted a figure of 72mpg for the new engine for city-based driving and 62.7mpg on the combined cycle, the figure traditionally used to compare the fuel economy in new cars.
It will offer 117g/km of CO2 emissions – enough to qualify for zero road tax in the first year in the UK and improved Benefit-in-Kind rates for businesses.
Chevrolet UK Managing Director Mark Terry said: “The new 1.7 VCDi gives Chevrolet a real opportunity to compete in the core area of the five-door hatchback market, where tax implications, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are critical.”
However, Chevrolet says the car will also deliver enough performance from the 130PS engine. The new Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will be capable of 0-60mph in 9.4 seconds and can reach a top speed of 124mph when legal.
Chevrolet will introduce the new diesel engine to the estate version of the Chevrolet Cruze later in the year. The first deliveries of the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will take place at Chevrolet dealerships at the beginning of May.
New 2012 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback prices start from £16,725 for entry-level versions.