2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel: More Details Released By GM

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Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 VCDi turbodiesel (Europe)

Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 VCDi turbodiesel (Europe)

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Until now, there wasn't much official information about the upcoming diesel version of Chevy's Cruze compact sedan beyond the fact that it existed.

Lots of reporters--us included--covered the diesel Cruze model that's been sold in Europe for a while now.

We described that car's 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, power (161 horsepower) and torque (266 pound-feet), and where the U.S. diesel Cruze will be built (Lordstown, Ohio).

Now, we have a very small amount of additional information from General Motors. It's not much, mind you.

But then, advance product promotion is all about dribbling out little bits and pieces of info to keep early fans wishing and hoping, planning and dreaming, isn't it?

Boiled down, here's what Chevrolet says about the diesel Cruze model:

  • TIMING: It will be "introduced in 2013," which likely means it'll be a 2014 model
  • ENGINE SIZE: 2.0 liters (same as the European model)
  • OUTPUTS: Not discussed
  • ENGINEERING: Done jointly by engine designers in Pontiac, Michigan; GM's diesel specialists in Torino, Italy; and vehicle engineers in Russelsheim, Germany
  • APPEARANCE: It will be "difficult to discern" any difference on the outside between diesel and gasoline engines
  • HOPED-FOR RESULT: "Cruze [drivers will get] great quality, torque and fuel economy in a car that’s both fun to drive and practical at the pump," in the words of diesel assistant chief engineer Mike Siegrist.

'Diesel fuel only' caution on Audi Q7 TDI

'Diesel fuel only' caution on Audi Q7 TDI

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As for GM's goals for the diesel Cruze model, the release includes a quotation from a third party--powertrain anlyst Mike Omotoso of LMC Automotive--that likely reflects the hopes of Chevy marketers.

He calls the U.S. market for diesel cars "small at present," but notes that it is "expected to grow" due to stricter fuel-economy rules and rising gas prices.

 “So far, the German automakers haven’t had any diesel car competition in North America," Omotoso points out, accurately.

"GM could do well" with the Cruze diesel, he says, particularly among "younger buyers who don’t have the old prejudices against diesel.”

Our question: What kind of real-world fuel economy will a diesel Cruze deliver, and how will its gas mileage be rated by the EPA?

Drivers of VW Jetta TDI diesels report real-world mileage higher than EPA ratings for the car.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, New York City, March 2011

2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco, New York City, March 2011

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If that's true for the Cruze too, how will buyers assess a diesel Cruze--which is likely to carry a price premium, and use fuel that can be more expensive than gasoline--against the Cruze Eco (six-speed manual) model rated at 28 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, for a combined EPA rating of 33 mpg?

As soon as there's more information on the Cruze diesel--and given the level of interest, there will be more--you'll see it here.


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  2. "Practical at the pump" ? Next time you drive by a station with posted Diesel prices look at how much more Diesel costs on top of Premium unleaded and then decide if Diesel is "practical at the pump" ! AND, you have periodically add the expensive Urea based liquid to maintain the Diesel pollution controls on top of the obscene Diesel fuel prices. The additional filler is visible in the picture. NO THANK YOU ! I owned an F-350 diesel p/u for 10 years and there is no way, at today's fuel prices, I would own another diesel.

  3. The "obscene Diesel fuel prices," as you put it are $.22 more today on average where I live than premium. Obscene? 6% higher than premium to get 30% better mileage? That more than makes up for the extra cost even if one includes urea replacement costs.

    Not for me since I'll probably go electric anyway, but financially, this would still easily make sense.

  4. I'm very interested, as long as they can sell a loaded diesel version for under $23k. Remember that diesel fuel is .50-.75 per gallon higher than regular gas, so the car would have to get in the 55-60 MPG HWY range for it to be practical and attractive. Chevy, why not blow 'em all away with a hybrid/turbo-diesel/plug-in that gets 125 MPGe? NOW THAT'S EXCITING!

  5. Not going to happen; diesel engines cost more to begin with and a loaded Cruze already costs more than that. Wishful thinking is fine as long as one recognizes that it's not realistic.

  6. BTW, when is Chevy going to bring the cool lil Cruze Hatchback to our USA dealers?

  7. Now here I agree with you 100%! But Gm insists that it wouldn't sell in volume. Kind of like Ford stating that the Fiesta would sell 70% sedans and only 30% hatchbacks but the reverse is much closer as it turns out.

    Everryone in product planning, many Americans love hatchbacks, bring us more choice, especially when the Cruze is already a hatchback in Europe.

  8. I Leased a 1.8 Gas Cruz I would like to get the Diesel for a few dollars more.I Think its for people who want more power it larger then the other two and Diesels have a lot of low end power. The 1.8(no turbo) can be a little scary merging at times.

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