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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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By FITCamaro on 2/7/2013 9:41:19 AM , Rating: 2
Absolutely agree with you.

They've had a few cars in the past decade that begged for a manual but they didn't offer one. The G8 comes to mind which was only offered with a manual in the rare and expensive GXP.

I love the look of the new Fusion too. I don't even think the Fusion offers a manual option with all power trains though.


By FITCamaro on 2/7/2013 9:44:48 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah you can only get a manual with the 1.6L engine. That 2.0L turbo motor is begging for a manual...


By Jeffk464 on 2/8/2013 12:13:47 AM , Rating: 2
The G8 was a great looking car, I don't know if it was any good but it sure looked the part. Never understood why they didn't sell any of them.


By FITCamaro on 2/8/2013 10:14:12 AM , Rating: 2
Part of the problem was high fuel prices when it was released. But it was also killed from Pontiac production ending.

G8 GXPs are ultra rare(only a few hundred produced and shipped before Pontiac died) and will be a collectors item.

As far as the quality, it was good. Seats weren't quite as good as the GTOs in my opinion (having owned a GTO and sat in a G8) but otherwise good.


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