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Chevrolet announces 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel

Chevrolet announces 2014 Cruze...
Chevrolet's new 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel (Photo: © General Motors)
Chevrolet's new 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel (Photo: © General Motors)
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The interior of the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel (Photo: © General Motors)
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The interior of the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel (Photo: © General Motors)
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Rear view of the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel (Photo: © General Motors)
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Front view of the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel (Photo: © General Motors)
The Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will come with a 2.0L turbocharged engine (Photo: © General Motors)
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The Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will come with a 2.0L turbocharged engine (Photo: © General Motors)
The 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel comes with 17-inch rims (Photo: © General Motors)
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Chevrolet's new 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel (Photo: © General Motors)
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Chevrolet's new 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel (Photo: © General Motors)
2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel at the Chicago Auto Show (Photo: © General Motors)
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2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel at the Chicago Auto Show (Photo: © General Motors)
2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel at the Chicago Auto Show (Photo: © General Motors)
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2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel at the Chicago Auto Show (Photo: © General Motors)
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Chevrolet will be rolling out a new diesel variant of its Chevrolet Cruze for the 2014 model year. The Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will come with a 2.0l turbocharged engine, which delivers 148 hp (110.36 kW) and 258 lb-ft (347 Nm) of torque.

Despite having some decent power on tap, the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel still delivers 42 mpg (17.85 km/l) on the highway. The Cruze's new engine is also billed as the cleanest diesel engine ever produced by General Motors, with 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide and particulate emissions than previous generation diesel engines.

By way of comparison, Volkswagen (a company known for its diesel engines) estimates that its TDI engines can achieve about 43 mpg (18.28 km/l) highway, pipping the new Chevy Cruze by only one mile per gallon. Mercedes' diesel E350 BlueTEC sedan, which has a substantially larger and more powerful 3.0l engine, achieves an estimated 32 mpg (13.6 km/l) on the highway.

Rear view of the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel (Photo: © General Motors)
Rear view of the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel (Photo: © General Motors)

One key piece of information Chevrolet has yet to mention is the distance per tank. The BMW 335d, which comes with a much larger 265 hp (197.6 kW) engine, is advertised at 580 miles (933.42 kilometers) per tank. While Chevrolet says that the Cruze offers a "best in class range," we'll have to wait and see how this translates in terms of actual numbers.

The new Cruze will also include the MyLink infotainment system, which is based on GM's IntelLink system. Other notable features include a six-speed automatic, 17-inch alloy wheels and all-season tires.

Performance-wise, the new Chevy Cruze's 2.0l turbo-diesel engine is able to hit 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds, which edges out the Volkswagen Jetta's TDI diesel.

The Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will launch with an MSRP of US$25,695, but the company has yet to announce a release date in the United States.

Source: GM

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18 comments
ChicagoBlue
Why the fascination with range for a gasoline or diesel auto? Surely, there are myriad refueling options available within their range and the number is as much a function of their tank size as fuel efficiency.....which is FAR more important. Also, for the 80+% of people for whom URBAN driving is more the norm, what about those fuel efficiency (mileage) figures? I love the IDEA of a diesel, but the new generation of hybrids get far greater mileage both urban and highway, so it MUST be long past due to have a greater number of diesel-electric hybrids.....or do we have to wait for the $6/gal gasoline crisis to occur?! Want a diesel? The VW Passat TDI appears to be the current low price/big size/long range/high mileage leader!!
BeWalt
That was about time (for the last 10 years...). Now keep moving Chevy, give us a station wagon, then an all-wheel, then a station wagon all-wheel, and I'll get the check book ready.
Nice work!
Graham HomeMaintenance
the Cruze is sold in Australia; there is a sedan, hatch and sports-wagon comes in 1.4L petrol turbo, 1.8L petrol and 2.0L Diesel
Australian
I am surprised that chevy is only now releasing this. I have the Australian version, the Holden Cruze diesel. It is 2L, manual, and averages 6.9L per hundred Km after more than a years driving. It has never consumed more than 8L/100Km. The Australian Cruze diesel also makes 120Kw and 360 Nm on paper. I can tell you first hand it is not as refined nor as fast as the VW Jetta. But then again, it is substantially cheaper! Anyone that thinks this is fast is bound to be disappointed but it does make for economical motoring that does less damage to the environment.
TedF
"The Cruze's new engine is also billed as the cleanest diesel engine ever produced by General Motors."
Naughty Naughty! The new engine is produced in Italy by Fiat!
Clay Jones
Likely the main reason Chevy has released this tech abroad and not at home is the American market's disdain for diesel. Not only is it far more expensive per gallon, diesel (rightly) has a terrible reputation for smoke, smell and clatter. If these have truly been resolved (clearly the price issue has not), expect a very slow move toward diesel here. I like the idea of a diesel hybrid, being one of those poor people stuck in urban logjam every day. Let's do that.
Kris Lee
It is pity that BMW sells only big motors in US. Hopefully these developments will change it.
For example its 2.0L Turbo Diesel has 135 kW (184 PS), consumes 3.9 l/100 km (that is 25.64 km/l) on highway and goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. At least on paper.
Bill Black
Why is everyone always concerned as to how fast a car will reach 60 mph-we don't care and only the hot rodders who are minimal do???Come up with better mileage and let them retune their cars to go so fast to 60-we don't care!
Tjoe
How about a flat (boxer) 4 TDI with a built in motor/generator? I like mid engine also for AWD.
bergamot69
@Clay Jones,
Modern car diesels generally only 'clatter' when cold- when up to running temperature you'd be hard pressed to tell a diesel engine from a petrol from within the vehicle.
Modern car diesels don't tend to smoke or smell bad either.
I can't see this car doing all that well in the UK- Chevrolet was introduced here as a brand when Korean car maker Daewoo went belly up- and those Chevrolets were nothing more than rebadged Daewoos. Hence, they've saddled themselves with a 'cheap and nasty' image (perhaps unfairly). It didn't help their cause either when they'd made previous efforts to market the awful Bronco here- like almost all American brands launched here it was laughed right out of the market!