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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: Manual?
By GotThumbs on 2/7/2013 10:12:51 AM , Rating: 5
They are reliable and if you need a clutch every two or three years...your doing it wrong. Only an inexperienced driver will burn up a clutch that fast. I've got two vehicles (sports car and diesel truck) and have owned them for 10 and 6 years respectively and have yet to replace a clutch.

You can also get better fuel economy with a manual trans. When I'm exiting a freeway, I just slide the truck out of gear and coast to the light. Engine is at idle and consumes less fuel than an automatic.

At the end of the day, its a personal choice.

Best wishes,

RE: Manual?
By JZavala on 2/7/2013 1:09:19 PM , Rating: 3
actually, if you have a obdII controlled engine(or somewhere when they started using that system), you're better off leaving it in gear, as when its idling its using fuel, but most cars that have that type of engine management cut fuel all together and you use no fuel. thats how geo metro drivers(with obdII) get 70-100mpg. they leave it in gear when decelerating and it uses absolutely no fuel.

something an automatic cannot do.

RE: Manual?
By robertisaar on 2/7/2013 4:23:36 PM , Rating: 3
not only does OBD2 have nothing to do with it, automatic models do it as well...

excellent example? my wife's old 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix. 3.1/automatic, the factory calibration allows DFCO to be entered and it did MANY times in our owndership of it. Me being me, i tweaked the calibration further to even keep the TCC locked when DFCO was entered so that it would coast without fuel for even longer periods of time.

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