Lately, Chevrolet have showns signs of going green. The latest proof of that is the Cruze and its new fuel-efficient, low CO2 engine. Initially available only in the five-door Cruze, this 1.7 VCDi unit is bound to give you reasonable amounts of fun with extra frugality in return.

62.7 mpg on the combined cycle and 117g/km of CO2 (tax friendly in the UK). This is what's supposed to make the Chevrolet Cruze standout among the other hatchbacks on the market today. For that kind of cleanliness, you are allowed to play with up to 130PS and 300Nm of torque. Zero to sixty is done in 9.4 seconds and the top speed stands at 124 mph.

That's pretty impressive, given the fact that the base trim (LS) will include air conditioning, ESC, remote central locking, follow-me-home headlamps, electrically-adjustable mirrors and electric front windows. Cough up some more money and get you'll get the LTZ version which adds to the LS cruise control, 17-inch alloys, auto-dimming mirror, automatic headlights, climate control, rain-sensing wipers and aluminium-effect interior detailing.

Deliveries are expected to start in May while, later this year, a Station Wagon will also join the 1.7 VCDi family.

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