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Diesel-powered Cruze will start at under $26,000, get up to 42 mpg

Chevrolet has officially announced the specs of the diesel-powered version of the 2014 Cruze. The 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine generates 148hp and 258 pound-foot of torque. Chevrolet promises that the clean diesel engine will achieve 42 mpg on highway, which oddly enough is the same as the $5,000 cheaper Cruze ECO. The vehicle will also accelerate to 60 mph in 8.6 with its standard six-speed automatic transmission.

According to Chevrolet, clean diesel engines generate at least 90% less nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions compared to previous generation diesel power plants. In order to achieve its “clean” status, the engine uses urea injection that is supplied from a 17-liter tank. As a result, customers will lose a bit of trunk space to accommodate the urea tank. Another downside is that the tank will need to be refilled every 10,000 miles.

“Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel is the most sophisticated passenger car diesel engine GM has ever produced,” said Jens Wartha, GM global program manager and chief engineer for the Cruze’s diesel engine. “We merged European diesel expertise with the real world driving preferences of North American consumers.”
The 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will be priced from $25,695 including destination charge. The vehicle comes with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, a two-year maintenance plan, and a five-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Mazda announced that it would be selling a diesel version of its Mazda6 in the United States not long ago, and Volkswagen has been selling diesel-powered passenger cars here for decades.

Source: GM

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RE: Nice
By FITCamaro on 2/7/2013 8:40:48 AM , Rating: 2
Locally its $15 for a 2.5 gallon jug at OReillys. You need 4.5 gallons to fill up the urea tank. So $30/10000 miles means it costs you an extra three hundredths of a cent per mile.

RE: Nice
By Manch on 2/7/2013 9:19:28 AM , Rating: 2
That's not too bad. At least you're not pissing your money away.

What happens if you don't have the urea? Will it damage the catalytics?

RE: Nice
By Busboy2 on 2/7/2013 10:14:51 AM , Rating: 2
Vehicles just go into a limp mode or wont start at all. I know on the new Cummins Rams if you run out of DEF(urea) it slows you down eventually to 5mph.

RE: Nice
By protomech on 2/7/2013 10:23:12 AM , Rating: 2
3000 cents / 10000 cents = 0.3 cents/mile. But yeah, it's more of a hassle than an expense.

RE: Nice
By bug77 on 2/7/2013 10:37:19 AM , Rating: 2
The real hassle is it's eating in the trunk space. In this class, trunk space is at a premium anyway.

RE: Nice
By ElFenix on 2/7/2013 12:55:53 PM , Rating: 2
cruze is an EPA midsize car, with a relatively large 16 cubic foot trunk. that's 4 cubic feet larger than a corolla.

losing the chunk of trunk space will knock the diesel down into EPA compact, though.

RE: Nice
By FITCamaro on 2/12/2013 3:34:27 PM , Rating: 2
Only in liberal fantasy land is the Cruze a midsize.

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