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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: $26k for a Cruze?!
By Reclaimer77 on 2/7/2013 10:15:10 AM , Rating: 0
And this is why diesel isn't taking off in America. Thanks to our EPA and lawmakers, it's virtually impossible for automakers to deliver small diesel engines for the same price as equivalent gasoline burning ones.

So yeah you pretty much have this situation where we have two of the exact same vehicles, but one costs 5 to 6 thousand more. For no other reason than being diesel.

I have to agree, you would be kind of nuts to purchase this vehicle.

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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