2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Diesel estimated to achieve 46 mpg

Article by Anita Panait, on April 18, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel will achieve fuel economy figures of around 46mpg on the highway, 4 mpg better than General Motors’ initial target, the carmaker estimates. The mpg estimate for 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel will allow it to surpass the figures for its 2013 Volkswagen Jetta diesel rival, which achieves 42 mpg on the highway.

The 2-liter turbo diesel engine of the Cruze Turbo Diesel also provides more power than the Jetta diesel, at figures of 148 hp compared to 140 hp. Following the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel’s debut at the Chicago auto show, GM engineers continued to adjust the vehicle to further improve its fuel economy.

According to GM, the Cruze diesel emits 90 percent less nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions than the earlier diesel models. A GM spokeswoman said they wanted to be clear that the Cruze diesel would be at the same level or better than the Jetta diesel. GM’s engineering team implemented a series of incremental changes to the Cruze diesel from the Eco model to gain efficiency.

The Cruze diesel will be GM's first diesel car marketed in the United States since the 1980s.  The Cruze diesel could serve as an indicator for diesel demand in the country as more carmakers mull adapting the technology to comply with stricter fuel economy rules in the US. Volkswagen is currently the only non-luxury brand that sells diesel models and leads the U.S. market with its TDI offerings in the Jetta, Passat, Beetle and Golf.

In 2012, diesel versions accounted for around 20 percent of Jetta sales in the US.  The Cruze diesel features a six-speed automatic transmission and has an estimated range of 700 highway miles.

It has a starting price of $25,695, including shipping. GM will roll out the Cruze diesel in select US cities this spring, and nationwide and in Canada in early fall. GM is banking on the diesel variant to attract more consumers to the Cruze compact sedan, the sales of which dropped 2 percent in the first quarter of 2013 to 55,731 units.

Press Release

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel 46 MPG Sets Highway Fuel Economy Benchmark

The new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, delivers an industry best EPA-estimated 46 MPG on the highway – better than any non-hybrid passenger car in America. It will be available in certain cities this spring and nationwide and in Canada in early fall.

Equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, the latest addition to the Cruze powertrain family has an estimated range of 700 highway miles on one tank of diesel fuel based on the EPA highway estimate and the vehicle’s fuel tank capacity. That’s about 10 hours of highway driving.

“We harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market,” said Gary Altman, chief engineer, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. “The Cruze Diesel is the best diesel passenger car out there. Chevrolet is redefining the meaning of great fuel economy with this car.”

With a starting price of $25,695, including an $810 destination charge, the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is a better value than a similarly equipped VW Jetta TDI automatic. Compared with Jetta, the Cruze Diesel offers standard equipment including the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-appointed seating, a longer five-year 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a two-year maintenance plan.

Cruze Diesel also beats its rivals in performance with a segment-leading estimated 148 horsepower (110 kW) and estimated 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm), and can go 0-60 in about 8.6 seconds. Its advanced 2.0L turbo-diesel engine has an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) for short bursts of stronger acceleration when needed, such as entering freeway traffic.

Cruze Diesel is powered by the cleanest diesel passenger car engine produced by General Motors. The vehicle generates 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions when compared to previous-generation diesels. Chevrolet has sold more than 2 million Cruze models globally since it was launched in mid-2010. More than 35,000 of those were diesel powered in 2012.

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