Chevy is giving drivers more options than ever, including a range of new diesel powertrains. The 2018 Chevy Equinox, Cruze, and Cruze Hatchback will now come with diesel engine options to provide better fuel economy—among other essential advantages. While other automakers are dropping these powertrains, Chevy understands how important selection is to its customers, so it has expanded its Chevy Diesel lineup.
Chevy Diesel Powertrains
According to Detroit News, the 2018 model lineup will have several new diesel powertrains. This will include a 1.6-liter turbodiesel that gets up to 40 highway mpg. Only about 3% of models in the US are diesels; this engine type is considerably more popular in Europe. And, since Volkswagen and Audi have been prohibited from selling diesels in the US due to a recent scandal, Chevy has decided to pounce on a new market.
“Clearly, what’s happened at VW creates an opportunity for us,” GM North America President Alan Batey told reporters recently. “So we’ll do everything we can to seize the opportunity.”
What exactly is the difference between a diesel and gasoline engine? While gasoline engines use spark plugs to ignite fuel, a diesel engine uses compression to get every last ounce of energy out of the fuel. This leads to better fuel economy—one reason semis use diesel instead of gasoline. The new Chevy diesel lineup will offer better fuel economy for drivers everywhere.