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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 cyberguyz on 4/18/2013 1:08:26 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget that you are not only getting better mileage, but you are getting way better performance to go along with it.

Don't be put off by the HP numbers - HP really doesn't count for all that much. That 258 ft/lb of torque is what you would expect from a 3.5 liter V6 engine. To get that kind of grunt AND 48 mpg is nothing to thumb your nose at. It is also the reason you are seeing 0-60mph numbers in the same range you would expect for a V6 sedan. I would gladly pay the extra 5k premium for that!


RE: Nice but...
By FITCamaro on 4/18/2013 1:10:50 PM , Rating: 2
Trust me I know. I just wish they offered it with less premium trim (I prefer cloth seats to leather) and the Eco wheels as well as a manual. All would lower the cost and improve the mileage.


RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 1:42:59 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Don't be put off by the HP numbers - HP really doesn't count for all that much.
Um HP DOES count. LOL! A 248hp/258 lb-ft car will be much quicker than a 148hp/258 lb-ft car all else equal and even all else unequal. 0-60 in 8.6 sec for the Cruze diesel which is what I would expect for a 148 hp car given an estimate of the weight in this class (Eco weighs a bit over ~3000 lbs). A 248 hp car at similar weight would be in the 6 sec range. My Solstice stock weighs a little less than 3000 lbs and has 260hp/260 lb-ft. 0-60 is 5.7 seconds. HP counts.


RE: Nice but...
By BRB29 on 4/18/2013 2:32:11 PM , Rating: 3
People say HP doesn't count and torque is everything. That's true except what real motorheads care about is torque throughout the entire rpm range.

Diesel have massive torque at the start of the rpm range while gas engines tends to have it around mid and high end range.

The real torque # people seem to ignore is the torque that is at the wheel. You can have a low torque high revving engine that puts out massive torque at the wheel through gearing.

In normal city/suburb driving, I honestly don't care. On the track, I would rather have the torque in the mid and high range so diesel is out. On the highway, diesel is the king since you can have very tall gears to stay in the low rpm and save fuel.


RE: Nice but...
By superflex on 4/18/13, Rating: 0
RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 1:44:33 PM , Rating: 5
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35 mpg all day long on the highway and I don't look like a douche driving a POS Chevy.
No, you just look like a douche driving a POS Audi.


RE: Nice but...
By superflex on 4/18/2013 1:57:13 PM , Rating: 2
Haha,
My POS has only required a new water pump and a new AC compressor in 135,000 miles.


RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 2:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
:) I have a Solstice with 118k miles and it's only needed a thermostat. I also have an ECU flash also which raised my torque to 360 lb-ft (330 hp).


RE: Nice but...
By FITCamaro on 4/18/2013 3:12:01 PM , Rating: 2
Still love the 2.0L Ecotec. Wish they'd put it in more vehicles.


RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 3:27:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Still love the 2.0L Ecotec. Wish they'd put it in more vehicles.
Me too. It's a great engine and could be tweaked to get a little better fuel economy in some vehicles while still providing great performance. It's reliable and cheap to maintain too.


RE: Nice but...
By FITCamaro on 4/18/2013 3:10:52 PM , Rating: 1
So those on more of a budget are douchebags instead of those who brag about driving an Audi?


RE: Nice but...
By Reclaimer77 on 4/18/2013 3:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
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My 1.8 liter turbocharged 4 banger in my A4 outputs 245 lb ft after a $500 APR ECU upgrade


Lawl, you could have had an STI bro :)


RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 3:50:41 PM , Rating: 2
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Lawl, you could have had an STI bro :)
You wouldn't catch me dead in a 1.8L turbo Audi or VW. Sh!t engine.


RE: Nice but...
By Reclaimer77 on 4/18/2013 4:06:54 PM , Rating: 1
Sadly that's all Audi is today. Rebadged VW shit.

Dude took one of the worst turbo engines on the market, and cranked the boost up. Lmao, good call!


RE: Nice but...
By Spuke on 4/18/2013 5:53:05 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Dude took one of the worst turbo engines on the market, and cranked the boost up. Lmao, good call!
I wonder how many times he's had to swap out the coil packs.


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