Chevrolet says that opting for its new diesel-fueled Cruze sedan over the gasoline model will add about $2,750 to the bottom line, bringing the price of entry to $24,670.
That's the list price for a 2017 Cruze LT with the automaker's 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine and a 6-speed manual gearbox, and it includes a mandatory $875 destination charge. For now, the Cruze diesel is only available in the mid-level LT trim level and as a sedan, but a diesel Cruze hatchback is on the way for the 2018 model year. The Cruze diesel actually builds on the gas-fueled Cruze LT with the optional Convenience Package, which means it includes a power driver's seat, heated front seats, and a proximity key.
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Opting for the available 9-speed automatic transmission adds $2,000 to the Cruze diesel. A leather package adds another $1,125, and as its name implies, it includes leather upholstery.
From there, the Cruze LT diesel with the automatic (but not the manual) can be further equipped with the Sun/Sound/Confidence package that includes a moonroof, a Bose audio system, and safety tech like automatic emergency braking. All told, the priciest 2017 Cruze diesel will sticker for $29,950.
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That's by no means chump change, but it's not far off of the premium Volkswagen charged for its turbodiesel Jetta over the standard gas-only model. However, VW says it has exited the diesel market here in the United States after it admitted to cheating the EPA's emissions test.
Chevy says that the diesel Cruze sedan will go on sale early next year, with the 2018 hatchback variant following later in the calendar year.