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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 Brandon Hill on 2/7/2013 10:30:35 AM , Rating: 3
Plus you look like a giant vagina driving an auto, specially if you drive a sports car.

OK, so if I drive a full-size pickup, SUV, or a full-size sedan (Avalon, Impala, Lexus LS, 7-Series, S-Class, etc), why the hell would I want to row my own gears? Rowing my own gears in a 4,000-pound sedan or a 5,000-6,000 pound pickup/SUV isn't my idea of fun.

I drive a midsize sedan. Most of the time, I'm shuttling my 9-month old around in the back seat, running errands, or cruising on the highway to see family. I couldn't care less about rowing my own gears.

Now if I'm going to buy something like a Corvette, or a Miata, or an M3, or a BRZ/FR-S, you better give me a manual.

But I also wouldn't thumb my nose up at a DCT in a sports car either.

RE: Manual?
By JediJeb on 2/7/2013 6:41:02 PM , Rating: 2
I must say I prefer the manual in my F150 over any one I ever drove with an automatic. It is especially better when you are in those sticky situations where you need complete control over the torque applied like snow or mud. On slick roads I can upshift to put less torque to the wheels with a manual but you can't force an upshift with an automatic. Plus when driving to work in normal weather I usually only need three gears instead of five, and an automatic makes me go through all of them instead of skipping the ones I don't need. Just like when driving a semi, just skip the ones you don't need when running empty, use them all when the load is very heavy.

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