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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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Against all odds...
By Beenthere on 2/7/2013 10:29:26 AM , Rating: -1
It's great to see more auto makers finally offering clean Diesels in America even against all odds which includes the morons Bama and the EPA who have done all they can to make Diesels too expensive and uncompetitive in mpg in the U.S., so that they can push absurd and impractical EVs.

FWIW, the clean Diesels sold in America are the cleanest Diesel engines in the world. No other country has such absurd and stringent Diesel engine emission requirements as the U.S. yet these other countries all have very clean Diesel power vehicles.

To illustrate what the U.S. EPA and Bamafool are doing to "assist" U.S. consumers... the same VW/Audi/BMW/Mercedes clean Diesel engines sold in the U.S. that get ~40 mpg with U.S. emissions, get 55-60 mpg with clean emissions in Europe and the rest of world. Bama and the EPA don't want U.S. consumers buying good clean Diesels, they want to push impractical EVs and unreliable and expensive hybrids.

This is why all the clowns in DC should be hung by their thumbs for six months until they get a clue. Every auto consumer is paying for the stupidity of the criminals in DC.




RE: Against all odds...
By GotThumbs on 2/7/2013 10:43:54 AM , Rating: 2
While I agree to some extent, is the MPG comparison using US Gallons for both or Imperial Gallon? There is a difference. The Imperial Gallon is larger (~20%) than the US Gallon.

The imperial gallon (4.54609 litres (L)) is 20% larger than the United States liquid gallon (3.785411784 L) Source: Wiki

Still a supporter of more diesel engine options needed in the US.


RE: Against all odds...
By Spuke on 2/7/2013 12:05:40 PM , Rating: 2
Not only is the gallon different but the testing methodology is different too. In order to get a real comparison, you'd have to get two identically equipped cars, a US one and Euro one, and run them through both tests. Car and Driver makes comments about the Euro mpg testing all the time and they've yet to do a comparison themselves. Might settle a few things.


RE: Against all odds...
By theapparition on 2/7/2013 12:39:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's exactly what is happening. When converted, the numbers are almost identical.


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