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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 FITCamaro on 4/18/2013 12:54:48 PM , Rating: 1
Why not offer it without leather and the same wheels as the Eco which are only 17 lbs apiece?


RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 1:33:14 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Why not offer it without leather and the same wheels as the Eco which are only 17 lbs apiece?
Because it wouldn't change the price of the car by much. They throw in those "premium" bits because most people would bitch that GM is selling a $25k car (cause it would STILL be $25k) and it doesn't even have leather. Diesel commands a premium price here in the US, you want it you have to pay it.


RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 1:33:34 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Why not offer it without leather and the same wheels as the Eco which are only 17 lbs apiece?
Because it wouldn't change the price of the car by much. They throw in those "premium" bits because most people would bitch that GM is selling a $25k car (cause it would STILL be $25k) and it doesn't even have leather. Diesel commands a premium price here in the US, you want it you have to pay it.


RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 1:33:57 PM , Rating: 2
Double post fail.


RE: Nice but...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/18/2013 2:06:25 PM , Rating: 2
Besides what Spuke already said, it's likely that research (i.e. looking at Jetta TDI sales) showed that most people are ordering up nearly loaded models.

This is GM's first foray into a compact diesel in the U.S. in quite some time, and they're being cautious. They want to make sure that they hit their target market on the first go round, and not be stuck with a lot full of unsold stripper diesels that no one wants.


RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 2:20:54 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
This is GM's first foray into a compact diesel in the U.S. in quite some time, and they're being cautious. They want to make sure that they hit their target market on the first go round, and not be stuck with a lot full of unsold stripper diesels that no one wants.
BAM! And, IMO, I would add that their research also shows that the majority of Cruze Diesel sales will be conquest sales from VW (and possibly from Toyota hybrids). I doubt seriously that they'll bring in many new buyers.


RE: Nice but...
By Lord 666 on 4/18/2013 6:36:44 PM , Rating: 2
Was just about to pull the trigger on a TDI Passat coming from my TDI Jetta, but want to drive one the diesel Cruze's first.


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