The Chevrolet Cruze will be available with a new 1.7-litre diesel engine

The Chevrolet Cruze will be available with a new 1.7-litre diesel engine. The new model will go on sale in May, priced from £16,725.

The new 1.7 VCDi diesel unit produces 128bhp and is capable of a claimed 62.7mpg, with CO2 emissions of 117g/km.

Chevroletwill initially offer the new powerplant in five-door hatchback versions of the Cruze. Estate versions will follow later in 2012. The engine will not be offered in the four-door saloon variant.

The base-model LS is equipped with air-conditioning and electric mirrors and windows. Top-of-the-range LTZ versions add cruise control, automatic headlights, climate control and rain-sensing wipers as standard.

Chevrolet Cruze 1.7 VCDi on the road prices:

Chevrolet Cruze LS Hatchback 1.7 VCDi £16,725Chevrolet Cruze LT Hatchback 1.7 VCDi £17,825Chevrolet Cruze LTZ Hatchback 1.7 VCDi £18,685

Our Verdict

Chevrolet Cruze
Keenly priced family car puts new Astra underpinnings to good use

The Chevrolet Cruze raises the bar for Chevrolet, but not for rivals including Skoda, Hyundai or Kia

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