Chevrolet is aiming for its 2017 Cruze diesel to hit an excellent fuel economy figure. The automaker is sure that the Cruze oil burner will cut the 50 MPG mark, according to Automotive News.

General Motors product development chief, Mark Reuss, said at the 2017 North American International Auto Show that he thinks “it will start with a five,” in regards to highway fuel economy for the upcoming Cruze diesel.

The 2017 Cruze diesel will be equipped with a 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine taken over from the many Opel models. The mill will be paired to a six-speed manual gearbox or GM’s latest nine-speed automatic.

Chief engineer for the Cruze diesel, Mike Siegrist, revealed that the previous figure of 44 MPG would, no doubt, be exceeded but he failed to affirm if it could hit the coveted 50 MPG.

“We don’t usually go backward..We know how to do this stuff,” stated Siegrist.

If the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel hits the 50 MPG mark, it will be the first model, after the 1987 Honda CRX HF, to reach that rating and it would definitely be an excellent rival to the Toyota Prius. The CRX HF had received a 51 MPG highway rating back in the days.