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The Chevrolet Cruze is a popular volume seller for the company, and Chevy is now bringing its Cruze sedan out in station wagon form to try and appeal to a broader range of consumers. The first full photo of the wagon dropped today, a preview of what we will see in person at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
The Cruze wagon actually got more of a redesign than most manufacturers give to sedan variants it seems. The grille is tweaked a little bit, and there is new front bumper air dams and fog lights. Generally speaking it holds onto is original looks though, with the addition of the bigger rear end.
The Cruze wagon is confirmed for the European market, but as of right now still has no designs on America. Chevrolet will likely gauge European sales and decide whether to ship the wagon across the ocean.
The wagon will also be offered with a diesel power train option. The diesel powered Cruze Eco-D will come to the states, so it isn’t to hard to believe that the wagon won’t be far behind.
Unfortunately that Eco model costs plenty more than the standard vehicle and only the 6-speed manual model (of which approximately six will be sold) gets the 42-mpg mark, while the auto-box Eco is rated at a less dramatic 38-mpg. As for the Cruze most people will look at buying, it received an official 36-mpg rating by the EPA.
An alarmingly good number just a few years ago, with the launch of a new Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic, it’s already nearing the back of the pack. Chevy aims to change this for 2012, upping the Cruze’s highway mpg rating by 2 for a 38-mpg total. The Cruze ECO model with an automatic transmission will also get a slight bump and will now be rated at 39-mpg.
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