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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel To Launch At Chicago Auto Show

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Want to improve your gas mileage but aren't ready to take the plunge into hybrids or plug-ins just yet?

What you'll want is a diesel, then--and as Chevrolet is set to unveil the 2014 Cruze Diesel, due this year, your options have just increased.

The Detroit News reports that Chevy will unveil the diesel Cruze at the Chicago Auto Show on February 7.

Production will then begin in the second quarter, with sales expected to begin in April or May, according to a source.

2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Preview

The Chevy Cruze Diesel will use a 2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged diesel engine, equipped with AdBlue urea injection to convert nitrous oxides into nitrogen and water. This will help it pass tough emissions tests both now, and in the future.

Details are still yet to be released of the car's power and torque outputs, though the current European Cruze diesel develops 161-horsepower and a chunky 266 pounds-feet of torque.

Chevy has also spent a lot of time refining the engine to meet U.S. customers' high expectations of low engine noise.

Official fuel consumption figures are also yet to surface, but it's expected to be higher than the current Cruze Eco, and figures around 40 mpg in real-world driving could well be possible.

GM is already excited for the car's launch, GM North America president Mark Reuss saying, "It's going to be great," when he addressed the press last month.

He added, "There's a place for diesels here... it's still the most efficient thermodynamics of combustion that we have." He added, "We need some stability in the quality of fuel across the country, which would help us calibrate and bring [the cars] to market more effectively."

We'll be sure to bring you more on the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel when the car is officially unveiled in Chicago next month.

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  1. What a missed opportunity. GM should have introduced the hatchback as an option with the diesel. What a great combo that would have been.
     
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  2. Agreed. Especially since (as you obviously know but others may not be aware of) the hatchback version has been on sale in Europe fr a while now and wouldn't require big costs in development to bring it to N. America.
     
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  3. How much more would this diesel option be?

    If it is priced correctly, it can be fairly successful. I think GM should also looking into adopting it into its smaller SUV lineups...
     
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  4. I agree with the hatchback missing. My Ford Escort was a 5-door with the diesel and the fairly nice compact did better than 45MPG if the temps were above 20 degrees. It made it to 190K when the crank broke. :( I think the motor was loose from the factory, though, as it was quite noisy. More so than other similar diesels. It certainly hung in there on the long mts. inclines here in the West.
     
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  5. Does it have a manual option?

    I know at least 1 person on the comment section would "beg" for that feature.
     
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  6. It will come with a manual transmission, at least by what I have been able to "dig up".

    However, two things make the Cruze undesirable from my point of view:

    - sedan only, which makes it impractical
    - ugly styling (refresh due in 2014).
     
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  7. I cannot wait to try the diesel Cruze in combination with the manual transmission.

    Too bad GM will not offer the wagon version, like they do in Europe.
     
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  8. If they did, would you buy one? Or does it have to look like a "supermodel"?
     
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  9. I would seriously consider buying it, yes. In principle though, it must look good, too. I drive a wagon now that I do not like the looks of, and I have never been able to accept it or identify myself with it. On the other hand, I am proud of my other wagon (mazda6), because it is beautiful.
     
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