2019 Cruze Gets CVT for Fleet Buyers
Fans of the Chevy Cruze may be wondering when a new Cruze model will hit a Chevy dealership near you. But if you’ve been following the rumors concerning a certain secret Cruze CVT project, we’re afraid we’ve got some bad news for you: the automaker has no plans to make the CVT available to consumers any time soon.
The EPA quietly confirmed the existence of a 2019 Chevy Cruze model with a continuously variable transmission in the Summer, but Chevy has now released a statement notifying fans that 2019 Chevy models with a continuously variable transmission won’t be available for purchase.
Well, they won’t be available to most people.
According to a report from Green Car Reports (which reached out to Chevrolet for comment after the EPA’s announcement), a spokesperson for the automaker revealed that a limited number of CVT Cruzes would be available for fleet sales but will not be available for normal retail.
“For the 2019 model year, a small number of Cruzes were built with a CVT for fleet only,” Katie Minter, a spokeswoman for Chevrolet, reportedly told Green Car Reports.
That means, for now the Cruze is only available with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine. The four-cylinder comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and has an EPA rating of 28 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. The turbo-diesel comes paired to a nine-speed automatic and gets 31 mpg in the city, 48 mpg on the highway and 37 mpg combined. The hatchback version of the diesel has slightly reduced numbers (30/45/35) but the Cruze’s ratings are certainly worth the hype.
The fleet-only CVT models are designed to improve fuel economy without adding the cost of a hybrid or all-electric system. Obviously, we’re disappointed that local Chevy fans won’t get to see a 2019 Chevy Cruze CVT on the Ray Chevrolet lot, but the 2019 Cruze models have plenty to offer even without the addition of a CVT system.
New 2019 Cruze models come with a range of fun new features, including a standard infotainment system with a 7-inch digital touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple Car Play capabilities, OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity, a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, keyless open and start, heated seats and a heating steering wheel. The newly updated vehicle also comes with a re-styled front fascia, new LED head- and taillights, new interior color combination options and more.
To check out the new 2019 Chevy Cruze or to see any of our other new Chevy models for sale, visit us at Ray Chevrolet today. The Cruze CVT may not be available, but we’ve got plenty of other amazing, highly-efficient vehicles to choose from.