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After first showing its new Cruze compact sedan at the LA Auto Show last year, Chevy has now announced a new Cruze Eco model will be offered with a best-in-class 40-mpg highway rating. The car is set to make its world premiere at the New York Auto Show later this week.

To achieve this amazing fuel economy the Cruze Eco gets a short list of modifications including a lower front airdam, rear spoiler, underbody panels and a lower ride height to improve aerodynamics. The uper grille now has more closed space to improve aerodynamics, while the lower portion of the front grille features an "air shutter" that closes at higher speeds. Finally, the Eco trim level will get special lightweight aluminum 17-inch wheels and ultra-low rolling resistance 17-inch Goodyear tires.

Under the hood, the Cruze Eco will use Chevy's new turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder with 138 horsepower and 148 ft-lbs of torque.

No city fuel economy numbers have been released and Chevy says that to start only a six-speed manual transmission model will be offered, with longer gears to deliver the 40-mpg rating. Chevy claims the car will hit 60 mph in a Prius-like 10 seconds. A six-speed automatic transmission Eco model will be offered, but Chevy isn't claiming 40-mpg highway… yet.

"The Cruze Eco delivers hybrid-like efficiency without the price tag," said Jim Campbell, U.S. VP of Chevrolet marketing. "Along with the Volt electric vehicle, it demonstrates how Chevrolet is working to bring new products to market that range from gas-friendly to gas-free."

AutoGuide will bring you more on the Cruze Eco with live coverage of the NY Auto Show starting March 31st. Click the link below on or after the 31st for live NY Auto Show updates.

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