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Diesel-powered Cruze can drive for 10 hours on a single tank of fuel

The EPA has handed down its fuel economy estimates for Chevrolet's new 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel. The EPA is estimating the vehicle will get 46 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle in America. General Motors says that the car will be available in certain cities this spring and around the country and Canada early this fall.

The turbodiesel version of the Cruze is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission and has an estimated range of 700 highway miles on a single tank of diesel fuel.
The 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine is rated for 148 hp and 258 pound-feet of torque (the engine features a special over boost function that can increase torque to 280 pound-foot for short bursts as needed). The vehicle is capable of accelerating from a stop to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds.

“We harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market,” said Gary Altman, chief engineer, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. “The Cruze Diesel is the best diesel passenger car out there. Chevrolet is redefining the meaning of great fuel economy with this car.”

The starting price for the car is $25,695 including the $810 destination charge. The Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel also features the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, 17-inch wheels, leather seating, a five-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and a two-year maintenance plan as standard equipment.

Source: GM

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RE: Nice but...
By mcnabney on 4/18/2013 10:54:27 AM , Rating: 2
No amount of time will help.

The mileage increase is about 10% while diesel is usually 10-20% more expensive at the pump than gasoline. So that extra money up-front isn't going to amount to any savings over time - it will likely cost slightly more over time.

So the buyer is paying for a lot of extra torque and a few trim upgrades. Not the best decision.

RE: Nice but...
By BRB29 on 4/18/2013 11:17:58 AM , Rating: 2
it seems like they are trying to increase their margin through bundling. Bad move though because that only works if you actually have products in high demand or give the right bundle.

Who freaking buys a high MPG economy car and option it out above 25k?
That's like paying 40k for a honda accord. At that price, you might as well buy a bmw or acura.

RE: Nice but...
By superflex on 4/18/2013 1:54:00 PM , Rating: 2
Does the Cruze diesel have a urea tank that needs refilling every 10k miles?

RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 2:24:04 PM , Rating: 2
Does the Cruze diesel have a urea tank that needs refilling every 10k miles?
I read that it does require urea refills but it's covered by the two year maintenance plan.

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