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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 GotThumbs on 2/7/2013 9:47:59 AM , Rating: 3
My personal choice would be a manual jetta TDI. I've owned 3 VW's (all manuals) and have always enjoyed driving them and the dependability. I realize some owners have not been as fortunate, but I will always recommend VW's. My truck is the first and last american brand vehicle that I'll buy. It's a Dodge Ram 3500 with a Cummings diesel engine(reason I bought it) and a manual 5 speed. I had wanted a mid-sized diesel truck (diesel Tacoma) but they do not exist in the US. America is advanced in many ways, but so behind in others IMO. They push the idea of new fuel sources, yet overlook the millions of used cooking oil that can be converted in to Bio-Diesel to run city busses and properly equiped semi's. The idea of using a product twice, once for cooking and then for fuel just makes sense to me, but seems to be overlooked by the US Govenment. Obama's EPA needs to learn the K.I.S.S principle IMO. (Keep It Simple Stupid)

The Ford Fusion looks nice, but I just don't have any confidence in american vehicles based on family and friends experiences.

Best wishes and safe driving.


By Reclaimer77 on 2/7/2013 10:10:51 AM , Rating: 2
Yeeeah VW and "dependability" don't go in the same sentence sadly. Your experience has been extremely in the minority.


By Spuke on 2/7/2013 10:53:51 AM , Rating: 3
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Yeeeah VW and "dependability" don't go in the same sentence sadly. Your experience has been extremely in the minority.
X2, VW has consistently been at the bottom or near the bottom in reliability. I've always wanted a VW but the lack of quality scares me off.


By Reclaimer77 on 2/7/2013 12:54:54 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I was *this* close to getting a GTI, thank god I went with a Subaru instead. VW's are a mechanics wet dream.


By hubb1e on 2/7/2013 1:06:12 PM , Rating: 2
I've had many VWs and they've been very reliable. VW got a bad rap because the Mexican assembled Jetta IV had bad reliability. Since that model they have been much better.


By mars2k on 2/7/2013 2:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
My VW was a great car, nothing ever broke, I drove the sh#@ out of it for 100,000 miles. The injection sprung a leak, the car burn to the ground we're talking conflagration here. My insurance paid me $750 more than I paid ($2100) Volkswagon 411 is Automotive Heaven! of course that was in the 70s. Great car really I loved it :-)


By Spuke on 2/7/2013 4:06:14 PM , Rating: 3
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VW got a bad rap because the Mexican assembled Jetta IV had bad reliability. Since that model they have been much better.
I'm not talking about some anecdotal, internet crap, I'm talking poor quality ratings. VW HAS been for MANY years, Mexican production or not, been AT or NEAR the bottom in quality.


By FITCamaro on 2/8/2013 10:16:38 AM , Rating: 2
TDI Jetta motor and transmission are fine. I have issues with quality on the rest of the car.

But a coworker has a '12 TDI Golf and he averages roughly the same fuel economy as me. Not to say it isn't capable of more. Just saying real world. Granted I have to drive more conservative than him probably to get the same mileage.


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