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Chevrolet Cruze
Diesel Cruze will get about 50mpg in city

Traditionally, U.S. auto buyer (and manufacturers) have shied away from diesel engines in passenger cars. There are a few diesel cars on the market in the U.S. already, mostly from VW (BMW and Mercedes offer diesels in limited models). Diesel cars are common in Europe and are a viable alternative to gasoline engines and hybrids in many instances. 

A new vehicle is coming to the U.S. with diesel power that will have fuel economy good enough to make hybrids jealous according to Detroit News. The vehicle is the Chevrolet Cruze diesel and it get well over 40 mpg. The move is seen as a way for Chevy to meet the stiffer EPA standards that are looming for its entire fleet.

The diesel-powered Cruze is expected to hit dealer lots in 2013 and it will be built on the same line as its gasoline-powered brethren. Pricing for the diesel Cruze isn't known at this time. Right now, the gas-powered Cruze has a price starting at $16,525.

Interestingly, the Cruze is the bestselling vehicle in America right now with 25,000 units sold in June. That sales number was enough to put it ahead of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Analyst Dave Sullivan with AutoPacific Inc said, "I couldn't think of a better way for GM to capitalize on the momentum that Cruze has created for GM by adding a diesel."

The diesel engine Cruze would most assuredly cost more than the gasoline version due to the higher cost of production. New diesel engines have little in common with the loud and smoky diesels that many people are familiar with from years ago. Likewise, modern diesel cars can be just as refined as their gasoline counterparts.

We first heard news of the Cruze diesel in February.

Updated 7/22/2011 @ 10:00am

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson just confirmed that the diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze will drive in 2013. 

“I drove it the other day. It is great,” Akerson told USA TODAY. “These new diesels are quiet. Should make it in the low- to mid-40s, and that’s with an automatic."

Official Press Release:

Chevrolet confirmed today it will add a diesel variant to the Cruze lineup in North America in calendar year 2013.  Diesel versions of the Cruze are currently being sold in Europe. Additional details on the Cruze diesel for North American markets will be released at a later date.

The diesel will bolster the already fuel-efficient Cruze lineup. Cruze Eco with a standard six-speed manual transmission, is  the most fuel-efficient gas-powered/non-hybrid vehicle in America, with an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the highway.

Cruze recorded a total of 24,896 sales in the United States in June, the fifth consecutive month sales have exceeded 20,000. The success of the Cruze has increased Chevrolet’s total share of the compact-car segment from 9.5 percent a year ago to 11.9 percent for the first five months of 2011, even as the segment size grew 19 percent. 



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only problem
By IlllI on 7/12/2011 2:00:24 PM , Rating: 2
is that (at least where i live) this type of gas costs as much, if not more than premium grade gas. so even though it might get good mileage you probably still lose out b/c of the higher fuel costs.




RE: only problem
By Gungel on 7/12/2011 2:19:46 PM , Rating: 2
No, it gets almost double the miles per gallon than the non-diesel Cruze with 26 MPG city and 36 MPG highway. Another plus is the high torque rating for diesel engines compared to its gasoline powered brother.


RE: only problem
By IlllI on 7/12/2011 6:04:44 PM , Rating: 2
what does higher torque have to do with the fact that you will be paying much more at the pump in addition to this version being more expensive?


RE: only problem
By guffwd13 on 7/12/2011 6:43:47 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
what does higher torque have to do with the fact that you will be paying much more at the pump


as i found out over the weekend, diesel may be cheaper depending on which state you live in. in PA diesel is more expensive than 93 premium. in CT, its cheaper than regular 87.


RE: o*!@ problem
By jharper12 on 7/23/2011 5:31:22 AM , Rating: 2
Truly short-sighted sentiment...

http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/

There you go, those are the national averages for gas, diesel, and E85. What do you see?

Because what I see is a 7.04% premium for diesel over regular gas. (7/23)

You're probably the same person thrilled with seeing $3.229 a gallon at the pump for E85, when it's really costing you $4.249 a gallon. See the link.

Now, here's the interesting bit, the diesel Cruze already exists, and what it current gets in fuel economy is about 41 MPG combined. The Cruze Eco offers 33 MPG combined. That's an improvement of 24.24%, which by the way, is a better than 7.04% improvement. Over 100k miles you'll save $1,550 at the pump with a diesel Cruze over a Cruze Eco manual. Now, the Cruze Eco already commands a price premium over the base Cruze. It's $18,425 ($19,175 w/ delivery). While we don't yet know what they will price the diesel at, there's a good chance around $20k or less will not be an unreasonable assumption. What's $18,425 plus $1,550? $19,975.

So basically, so long as they price the diesel at $20k or less, you'll either save money or come out even compared to the Cruze Eco. But, you'll get a car with 161 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque at 2k rpms compared with 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque with the current 1.4 turbo. The diesel will also likely last longer, and people know this, so you'll have a higher resale value.

So there you go, I'm tired of hearing, "diesel costs more, which negates the savings" blah blah blah. Yes, diesel costs more, but only about 7% more. Typically for that small premium you get a much better return in fuel economy, power, and resale value. Please cite some numbers or give an example next time. "you probably still lose out" is not a well thought out argument.


RE: o*!@ problem
By superstition on 7/24/2011 3:17:27 AM , Rating: 2
It definitely depends upon the area, though. When I was in Chicago, the price of diesel and the price of regular gas was about the same. In Ohio, I've seen diesel be as much as 70 cents higher per gallon!


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