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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: 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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