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2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel: Chicago Live Photos

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As one of two new U.S.-built diesels going on sale in 2013, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is a hugely important car.

Chevy launched the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel (to use its full, rather awkward title) earlier this morning at the Chicago Auto Show, and now we can bring you photos of the car from the show floor.

In the metal, there's actually very little to differentiate the diesel-powered Cruze from its gasoline counterparts--apart from a tiny green badge on the trunk.

In other words, if you already like the way the Cruze looks, you'll already like the diesel. Not a fan? Then unless you're enamored by the fuel that powers it, it won't change your opinion.

The fuel that powers it is, of course, the important part.

With a six-speed automatic transmission, the 148-horsepower Cruze Diesel (as its name shall be foreshortened to from now on--even Chevy just called it the Cruze 2.0 TD in its intro slides) leaps to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds, quicker than its automatic Jetta TDI rival.

Diesel's main draw is economy, and while official EPA estimates haven't yet been released, Chevy says it expects a figure of around 42 mpg highway. That would put it on identical footing to the Jetta TDI. Range could be as much as 650 miles.

The diesel Cruze also uses urea injection to clean its emissions, and the 4.5 gallon tank should last around 10,000 miles, refilled at every oil change.

Pricing starts at $25,695, including a mandatory $810 destination charge. For that you also get two years of maintenance.

You've seen the photos and read the specifications--so are you interested in the new Cruze Diesel?

For more from the show floor, check out our Chicago Auto Show page.

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  1. The highway MPG is only 2 MPG more than than a standard ford foucs engine ? With the cost of D gas doesn't make much sense, besides the engine must have a ton a filters on it as D gas is the bottom of the barrell stuff, it is not refined like gas is.
     
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  2. Although i think it's great that GM is bringing this to the U.S. and Canada, I don't expect much success; the price of the TDI is roughly $8K more than the base Eco model which already gets the same 42 MPG. So $8K for more torque and a few options worth roughly $3K? That's a lot of extra money for a little extra torque.

    Although GM is estimating a 10% take rate for this, most industry observers expect much lower numbers, mainly due to the pricing. Due to this and the lack of a hatchback version (unlike its non-diesel competitors), sales may be very limited. 5K-10K annually, perhaps?
     
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  3. Yeah, GM's oblivious plans for this have been laughed at by almost every automotive publication, so thumbs down the facts all you want, Fan Boys. In this specific case, the value package is not there for consumers no matter how blind one is for diesels in general.

    But please, expect the average consumer to spend $8K more for a diesel with the same exact HW mileage. And watch the sales be terrible. Considering how terrible VW's quality is overall and for the diseles, too, GM had a chance with this but has instead chosen to offer an uncompetitive option.

    VW finished 28th of 32 brands in the 2013 JD Power vehicle dependability rankings. Sounds bad, but of course, that's actually better than average for VW. Second best since 2006, actually.
     
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  4. @Robok: Just a note of caution. GM was circumspect about projecting EPA ratings, so we don't know what the city rating will be--and the highway rating could be higher than the 42 mpg they quoted.

    Before we call it "uncompetitive" in fuel efficiency versus a gasoline Cruze, let's wait to see what the ACTUAL ratings from the EPA are.

    Of course, in real-world use at highway speeds, diesels often overachieve their EPA ratings ...

    As for sales of 5K to 10K, that's roughly in line with a 5-percent share of total Cruze sales, which were 238,000 last year. That's what GM figured it would get in its first year according to their execs.
     
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  5. The benefits of the added torque will be seen when the vehicle is carrying a full load. The greater the torque, the easier it is for the vehicle to maintain a high fuel economy despite heavier loads and inclines.
     
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  6. It wouldn't surprise me if the Cruze Diesel didn't beat its EPA highway MPG number with relative ease. In my experience, a typical VW TDI generally exceeds EPA fuel economy figures by a minimum of 10 percent on the highway. I would love to see a comparison test of real world MPG between a Cruze Eco and a Cruze Diesel.
     
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