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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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$26k for a Cruze?!
By Tabinium on 2/7/2013 9:04:00 AM , Rating: 2
GM, you've moved out of your market. Who would buy one of these over the $20k Cruze Eco?! You have the same mileage, same interior (well, they may add a gauge or gadget to try to justify the price bump), have to deal with Urea AND pay $6k more? I'm dissapointed.

My girlfriend's mid-level Cruze drives and looks great for a <$20k car. However, when I went into the market for a new commuter car, I narrowly chose the $25k TDI Golf over the Cruze Eco. The Golf has a more refined ride, subjectively better looks, a torquey engine and an overall feeling of quality, whereas the Cruze Eco is just a point or two lower in every category.

RE: $26k for a Cruze?!
By Spuke on 2/7/2013 9:23:46 AM , Rating: 2
GM said that they're targeting present diesel owners so you wouldn't be their target customer.

RE: $26k for a Cruze?!
By tilandal on 2/7/2013 9:39:42 AM , Rating: 2
Who exactly are present diesel owners if not Golf TDI owners? Its not like Mercedes owners are going to get a Cruze.

RE: $26k for a Cruze?!
By Spuke on 2/7/2013 11:19:56 AM , Rating: 2
You chose the Golf TDI over the Cruze ECO not the diesel.

RE: $26k for a Cruze?!
By Pneumothorax on 2/7/2013 1:58:35 PM , Rating: 2
Why would someone cross-shopping lower priced diesels pick this car over the Jetta TDI? The Jetta has a cheaper starting price, guaranteed much higher resale than the cruz AND passes EPA regs without urea...

RE: $26k for a Cruze?!
By superstition on 2/13/2013 11:03:17 PM , Rating: 2
Urea is a good thing, not a bad thing. It cuts down on acid rain and doesn't cost much in comparison to the benefit it provides.

RE: $26k for a Cruze?!
By GotThumbs on 2/7/2013 10:05:43 AM , Rating: 2
Another advantage of Diesel engines is their longevity. over 200,000 miles on a gas engine compared to a diesel, the diesel will prevail. I realize not many people keep their cars more than 3-5 years (Car dealers love these people), but I have averaged 10 years for my vehicles as I have always chosen carefully and never consider re-sale value since I know I'll own it for years and years. Why buy a brand new car when you can have multiple vehicles for less?

My current stable consists of:
1996 Mazda Miata M-Edition ~138,000 (bought in 2003 w/68,000- Paid off)
2003 Dodge Ram 3500 Quad ~134,000 miles (bought in 2006 w.98,000 Paid off)
2010 HD street Glide - 22,272 miles (recent purchase)

Best wishes on your future purchases and have fun with it,

RE: $26k for a Cruze?!
By Reclaimer77 on 2/7/13, Rating: 0
RE: $26k for a Cruze?!
By messele on 2/7/2013 4:23:07 PM , Rating: 3
In fact Diesel engined cars are more expensive all over the world. They are more expensive to develop and build than petrol equivalents and while there may be other factors in the USA (don't know either way) they will never be as cheap. They do generally hold their resale value better though.

Volkswagen diesels have been plagued by high pressure fuel pump problems and also I understand there can be issues with the timing gear being unreliable. Both are incredibly costly when they are go wrong.

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