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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 conquistadorst on 2/8/2013 8:52:40 AM , Rating: 2
...require a new clutch every two or three years at a cost of $1,000 or so

lol, I bet he/she owned a stick-shift once (or knew someone that did) and unbeknownst to them, was getting scammed by their mechanic. Sorry dude, just simply not true. Unless you leave your foot on the clutch the entire time heh. My manual civic '01 was considered a "lemon" because I had to rebuild my 2nd gear after its 10th year. Honestly it was probably my fault because it was the first car I learned on. Regardless, even though my clutch didn't need replacing right then I decided to replace it anyway since I was planning on driving it another 10 yrs anyway. It was an extra couple $100 at that point. It would have lasted another 1-3 years if I left in the original.

Stick is just more fun to drive. Speaking from my own experience, I'm always reminded how much I love stick whenever I go on vacation for a few weeks and have to drive rental with an automatic. I get so excited to drive stick again when I get back. Automatics are boring. Especially in an underpowered car.

I'll list you 5 advantages:
1 - more fun
2 - cheaper to purchase
3 - cheaper to maintain
4 - you pick your gear (engine control)
5 - more fun

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