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Besides offering a preview with the 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon , GM has also scheduled two other debuts for the 2010 New York Auto Show, and these are the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco and RS versions.

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco comes with a highly efficient turbocharged 1.4-litre Ecotec engine that produced 138 HP (103 kW) and 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) of torque and which is linked to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Thanks to this engine the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco promises to return 40 mpg (highway) and some of the other fuel reducing measures that have been taken include various aerodynamics improvements, a lowered ride height and lightweight alloy wheels wrapped in ultra-low rolling resistance Goodyear tires. 

As for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze RS the manufacturer wants to enhance the vehicle's appearance by offering a slightly redesigned front fascia, with new rocker moldings, new spoiler and fog lamps as well as a series of discrete upgrades at the interior.

Pricing for the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco and RS versions was not announced.

GM press release :

NEW YORK – At the New York Auto Show, Chevrolet reveals thecompact 2011 Cruze Eco. This high-efficiency model is powered by a 1.4LEcotec turbocharged engine with variable valve timing that achieves anestimated 40 mpg on the highway when combined with a six-speed manualtransmission. Cruze Eco is expected to deliver the best fuel

economy inthe compact segment, while offering midsize car presence.

“The Cruze Eco delivers hybrid-like efficiency without the pricetag,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president Chevrolet marketing.“Along with the Volt electric vehicle, it demonstrates how Chevrolet isworking to bring new products to market that range from gas-friendly togas-free.”

Chevrolet also shows an optional RS sport appearance package for the Cruze LT and LTZ trim levels.

Cruze is the first in a family of all-new Chevrolet small andcompact cars designed to offer excellent fuel economy, outstandingquality and top safety ratings. Cruze models for the United States andCanada will be produced at the Lordstown, Ohio assembly complex. InFebruary, Chevrolet announced the addition of a third shift atLordstown that will add 1,200 workers to support a smooth, fast andflawless ramp-up of Cruze production. More than $350 million has beeninvested to re-tool the plant and add new, state-of-the-artmanufacturing equipment.

“This investment helps secure the best possible manufacturingfootprint to react to market demand and deliver vehicles faster to ourcustomers,” said Campbell. “We believe Cruze is the right car at theright time for American consumers.”

Cruze Eco details
Featuring a 1.4L Ecotec turbochargedengine with variable valve timing, the Cruze Eco is designed to be themost fuel-efficient model in the lineup, delivering an estimated 40 mpgon the highway with the standard six-speed manual transmission. Cityfuel economy, as well as estimates for the Cruze Eco equipped with anavailable six-speed automatic transmission, will be finalized closer tolaunch.

The Eco achieves greater fuel economy using a number of featuresthat enhance its aerodynamics, minimize weight and reduce rollingresistance. Details include:

  • A lower front grille air shutter that closes athigher speeds to improve aerodynamics and opens at lower speeds tooptimize engine-cooling airflow
  • The upper grille has more “closeouts” to improve aerodynamics
  • A lower front air dam extension, extensive use of underbody panels and a rear spoiler enhance aerodynamics
  • A lowered ride height improves aerodynamics
  • Unique 17-inch lightweight aluminum wheels
  • Ultra-low rolling resistance 17-inch Goodyear tires.

The axle ratio on the manual-transmission model is also optimizedfor fuel economy, while helping the car deliver confident performance.Chevrolet estimates the Cruze Eco will deliver 0-60 mph performance ofabout 10 seconds with the manual transmission and 9 seconds with thesix-speed automatic.

The Cruze Eco will be available in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Cruze RS details
Complementing Cruze’s sporty proportionsis an optional RS appearance package for the LT and LTZ trim levels,which bolsters the car’s styling with unique fascias, rocker moldings,rear spoiler and fog lamps. An uplevel instrument cluster is also partof the package and includes chrome accent rings in place of thestandard silver finish, as well as opaque cluster bezels that allow thecluster’s ice blue backlighting to shine through – providing a sportynighttime appearance.

"For customers who want even more personality and presence in theirvehicle, the RS appearance package builds on the already bold face andcoupe-like proportions of the Cruze,” said Michael Simcoe, executivedirector, North American Exterior Design.

Midsize presence in the compact segment
All Cruze modelsoffer the spaciousness and amenities of a midsize car, combined withsegment-leading features and details that challenge preconceivednotions about what a compact car can be in North America.

Along with the Eco, the 2011 Cruze will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trims. Standard and available equipment includes:

  • Ten standard air bags, including frontal,front-seat side-impact air bags, roof rail head curtain, rear-seat sideair bags and new front knee air bags
  • Bluetooth, USB connectivity, XM Satellite Radio and navigation system
  • Standard OnStar with one year of Directions and Connections service
  • MacPherson strut front suspension and Z-link rear suspension, with 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing, traction control and anti-lock brakes
  • Fuel-saving, rack-mounted electric power steering
  • Unexpected levels of quietness, smoothness and refinement for the segment.

All models share an interior characterized by upscale materials anda lengthy roster of equipment usually found in larger and moreexpensive vehicles. Available technologies include Bluetooth and anavigation system.

Cruze’s 1.4L Ecotec turbo performs like a larger engine when needed,but retains the efficiency of a small-displacement four-cylinder inmost driving conditions; it is standard on Eco, LT and LTZ models.Rated at an estimated at 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb.-ft. oftorque (200 Nm), it enables a cruising range of more than 500 miles(800 km). Cruze will lead the way for Chevrolet in the use ofsmall-displacement, turbocharged Ecotec engines that are highlyfuel-efficient and power vehicles that are fun to drive.  

Standard on LS models is a 1.8L Ecotec four-cylinder rated atan estimated 136 horsepower (184 kW) and 123 lb.-ft. of torque (166Nm). Both engines are designed with fuel efficiency in mind, includingtechnology such as variable valve timing that optimizes performance andfuel economy.

Backing the Cruze’s engines are six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Each contributes to excellent fuel economy.

Chevrolet engineers have already logged more than 4 million miles inquality and durability testing worldwide, making Cruze one of the mostreal world-tested products prior to a U.S. launch. It is backed byChevrolet’s five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty – the bestcoverage in America.

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