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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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Deja vu all over again?
By Inmate34287 on 2/7/2013 10:01:16 AM , Rating: 1
Chevy wants to compete with volkswagen? Again? Remember the Corvair? That was chevy's answer to the Beatle. What a huge success the Corvair was. Chevy gonna make a diesel car? Remember the Oldsmobile 5.7? It was an insult to diesel engines. General motors wouldn't make a pimple on Volkswagen's ass. I mean, if you take a VW to a GM shop, those clowns can't even work on it. They should stick with what they are good at, making mediocre cars.

RE: Deja vu all over again?
By ianweck on 2/7/2013 11:08:01 AM , Rating: 2
Not a fan huh?

RE: Deja vu all over again?
By Ammohunt on 2/7/2013 11:40:25 AM , Rating: 2
I agree Chevy making a Diesel engine worth buying? I would not want to be an early adopter. One thing they have going for them is even the European diesel cars/engine need a ton of maintenance so Chevy will fit right in there. I will never buy another GM vehicle but its good to see that American car companies are getting smart about diesel.

RE: Deja vu all over again?
By killerroach on 2/7/2013 3:16:22 PM , Rating: 2
Beyond that, at this price point it's going up against the VW Golf TDI, a vehicle with greater power, torque, and fuel economy. Unless you see these sold at dealerships below MSRP (which, seeing as the Golf TDI often sells above MSRP, seems doubtful), I don't see where this particular vehicle comes out ahead apart from those looking for the bowtie logo on the grill.

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