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.