General Motors wants to offer a diesel version for the Chevrolet Cruze even if it already has the high-mileage Eco variant. According to GM, a huge portion of car buyers in the U.S. aren’t contented with just having high fuel economy. Sources told Ward’s that the Cruze diesel that will arrive in 2013 will be able to achieve fuel economy that’s about 50 mpg (4.7 L/100 km).
GM confirmed that the diesel engine for the Cruze is the 2.0L that’s presently available in Europe.
It was last year that Ward’s reported that GM is working on a diesel-powered passenger car. The Environmental Protection Agency said that the Cruze Eco, the gasoline variant, could attain 42 mpg (5.6 L/100 km) on the highway. Other instances wherein there were two fuel-sippers under the same nameplate were when GM offered the mild-hybrid Chevy Malibu and Saturn Aura.
Notably, these two were unsuccessful because the 4-cyl. models were able to achieve the same fuel economy but were priced lower.
This meant that consumers made their decisions based on pump prices and not just concern for the environment. The source said that if the Eco can achieve 42 (mpg), the diesel version will be able to do better at around 50 mpg.
In Europe, the 2.0L turbodiesel Chevy Cruze is mated to either a 5-speed manual transmission to get 42 mpg in the European combined test cycle or a 6-speed automatic for a 35 mpg (6.7 L/100 km) rating. A rating of 43 mpg (5.5 L/100 km) is offered by the variant with the manual gearbox tuned for optimum efficiency. The current applications currently offer a maximum power of 147 hp and 236 lb.-ft. (320 Nm) of torque.
The new Chevrolet Cruze features a design marked with a new imposing bold face with a two-tier grille and the brand’s iconic Bowtie logo. Its steeply raked windshield is linked to the sloping rear pillars by an arching roofline, thereby giving the Cruze a coupe-like proportion. The front end is also marked by prominent headlamp housings hugging the corners and sweeping upward in the fenders and sculpted hood.
Its wheels are also located at corners, giving the Cruze minimal front and rear overhangs. The posterior section of the car is marked by a short rear deck usually featured on sports coupes. While the Chevrolet Cruze is wider and longer than several of rival cars in its class, its taut and tightly drawn bodywork exudes solidness while the limited use of exterior trim helps augment its high-quality feel – all conveying a true sense of precision. To ensure precision in the car’s build quality, Chevrolet retooled the body shop at its Lordstown assembly site with the latest in body-framing and welding equipment, thereby helping optimize the production of a strong, solid body structure with minimal production variance and repeatable gap tolerances of up to 3 mm between most exterior panels.
On the other hand, the interior of the new Cruze is as bold and as precise as its exterior. Inside, the Cruze has a Corvette-inspired twin-cockpit theme, complemented by the use of high-quality materials as well as exceptional assembly tolerances. Moreover, the high-quality cabin of the new Cruze features grained, soft-touch components as well as low-gloss trim panels. Its instrument panel is home to highly detailed instruments backlit with LED (light-emitting diode) lights. These LED units emit an ice-blue light to illuminate the analog instruments as well as other interior controls.
Moreover, the Cruze comes, as standard, with a driver information center. The cabin also features an integrated center stack serving as home to the infotainment display, radio controls and climate controls. Interestingly, the components within the center stack feature a gap tolerance of less than 1 mm, while the gap tolerance between the instrument panel and door panel is less than 5 mm. Meanwhile, the headliner cover of the new Cruze is made from a knit material that acts as one of the five layers of a headliner designed to make the cabin acoustically friendly. This headliner, interior pillar and other moldings feature the same color and grain, while the seat inserts has the same color as the instrument panel accent trim.