It is reported that GM has uncovered the 2011 Cruze Eco ahead of its New York Auto Show debut.
The 138hp 1.4-litre engine powered Ecotec turbocharged engine model possesses variable valve timing, along with an estimated 40mpg on the highway when accompanied with a six-speed manual transmission.
In addition, it is revealed that the city fuel economy and the estimates for the Cruze Eco featuring a six-speed automatic transmission, will be released closer to launch.
Chevrolet estimates the Cruze Eco can sprint from 0 to 60mph in about 10 seconds, with the manual transmission, 9 seconds with the six-speed automatic.
In addition to Eco, the 2011 Cruze will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trims. The Cruze Eco will hit the markets in the fourth quarter of 2010. GM's Lordstown plant in Ohio will develop Cruze models for the US and Canada.
"The Cruze Eco delivers hybrid-like efficiency without the price tag", said Jim Campbell, US Vice President of Chevrolet Marketing.
The highly improved fuel economy of the Eco is attributed to the combination of robust aerodynamics, weight reduction and reduced rolling resistance.