General Motors South Africa has announced the addition of a 2,0 litre turbo diesel powered variant to the popular Chevrolet Cruze range. The single overhead camshaft, 16-valve, intercooled turbo diesel – with electronic control of the turbocharger – produces 110 kW @ 4000 r/min with maximum torque of 320Nm delivered at just 2000 r/min. Drive is via a 5-speed manual transmission.

Significantly the Cruze 2.0D LT delivers these numbers together with exceptional fuel economy. In tests conducted by GM development engineers, fuel consumption was as low as 5,7 l/100 km for the combined cycle. Low emissions are also a feature of this engine with just 150 gm per kilometre of CO2 produced in normal driving conditions.

The Cruze 2.0D LT joins the Cruze 1.6 L, 1.6 LS , 1.8 LS, and the 1.8 LT petrol derivatives in a five-model range in the high volume ‘C’ segment of the passenger car market. The Chevrolet Cruze offers excellent value right through the range from the base level ‘L’ specification which includes: Alloy wheels, ABS brakes, power windows front and rear, power side mirrors, air conditioner. Central locking and front and side airbag protection for front seat occupants.

With its ‘LT’ specification level, the new Cruze 2.0D LT expands on this to offer a full suite of luxury features including: Full airbag protection including curtain side airbags (six airbags); front loading six-CD sound system; leather covered steering wheel with satellite audio controls; leather seat covers; dual-zone climate-control air conditioning; rear park assist; rain sensing windscreen wipers; cruise control; and auto lights on function. Wheels on this model are 7JX17 inch alloys fitted with 215/50R17-91V tyres.

Value for money and exceptional build quality define the Chevrolet Cruze. Overall economy of operation and highly competitive parts pricing provide a formula for a low total cost of operation over the life of the vehicle while the solid global reputation of the iconic Chevrolet brand adds an element of security in ownership. Service intervals of 15 000 kilometres, a three-year/60 000 kilometre service plan, and a five-year/120 000 kilometre warranty together with roadside assistance complete the value loop.

The price of the Cruze 2.0D LT is R261 100 inclusive of VAT