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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Too fat, slushbox auto, big diesel = not so good MPG
4/19/2013 11:43:27 AM
Pretty good for a 2 Liter turbodiesel. I hope it comes with auto start/stop and I hope it gets a CVT for an automatic eventually so the automatic can get decent city mileage. Hmm, only rated for 27MPG in the city and only 33MPG combined according to some sites (like gmauthority) due to the heavy 3400 pound curb weight + slushbox. Impressive 0-60 of 8.6 seconds with the diesel and the heavy weight.
It seems like too little advantage for the increased price, weight and reduced cargo space.
Increased weight: 3100 pounds for the regular Cruze, 3475 for the diesel.
Reduced cargo space: 4.5 gallon Urea tank for emissions takes up space.
Because of the increased weight and the slushbox automatic, city MPG isn't improved. If you cut down the curb weight to something less than 3,000 pounds and took out the slushbox for a CVT or dual dry clutch and add auto start/stop. It'd be a better rounded vehicle. Maybe reduce the diesel to 1.6 liters.
But see, you can't beat a Prius on the EPA tests and difficult to beat in the real world. Their Atkinson cycle gas engine and Hybrid-Synergy-Drive system is too good. But you can get close on the highway with a tad more power, though the heavier curb weight (~3050 vs ~3475lb) kind of saps that away.
Also keep in mind that a modern diesel isn't much more efficient than a similarly sized modern gas engine, it just has more energy to work with since diesel contains more energy than gas. An Atkinson cycle gas engine can be more efficient than a diesel because of simple emissions equipment and good thermal efficiency
RE: Too fat, slushbox auto, big diesel = not so good MPG
4/22/2013 12:14:40 PM
I remember my 1987 Honda CRX getting 50mpg on the highway (2 seater with a cavernous hatchback area).
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