Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Rated 46 MPG Highway
April 18, 2013 9:28 AM
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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.”
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.
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RE: Nice but...
4/18/2013 1:42:59 PM
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...
4/18/2013 2:32:11 PM
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.
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