2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will be unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 4, 2013

General Motors has revealed that its eagerly awaited 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show this week. GM had made it official that the Cruze diesel will be offered in the U.S. in 2011. Even if Chevrolet hasn’t unveiled the specific details of the Cruze Diesel, it has confirmed the compact sedan will use a version of its 2.0L turbodiesel.

The European version of the 2.0L diesel delivers 161hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. No EPA rating has been attached to the Cruze Diesel yet but previous reports imply that the car can offer up to 50mpg on the highway, which beats the current Cruze Eco by 8mpg.

It’s interesting how Chevrolet is referring to the Cruze Diesel's launch as a “world debut”, implying that the sedan could get some styling modifications.

At the Geneva motor show last year, Chevrolet revealed a Cruze wagon with a new front fascia, so it's likely that these revisions will make it to the 2014 Cruze sedan. The Cruze Diesel is one of 22 new diesel-powered models that will be launched in the U.S. this year.

Press Release

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

Chevrolet recently introduced the 2.0L turbo-diesel version of its hottest-selling sedan, the Cruze, which has the best highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid passenger car in America. It will be available nationwide and in Canada in late summer.

Clean diesels generate at least 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions when compared to previous-generation diesels.

Built in Lordstown, Ohio, the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel delivers a combination of segment-leading features and efficiency. Based on GM testing, Cruze Diesel has demonstrated range of 717 highway miles on one tank of diesel and EPA-estimated 46 mpg on the highway with spirited performance and the durability diesel owners’ value around the globe.

“Chevrolet has a diverse portfolio of products and technologies to meet the needs of the most discerning customer, whether it’s driving across town gas free in a Spark EV or cross-country in a clean turbo diesel,” said Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of marketing.

Cruze Diesel beats its rivals in performance, with a segment-leading, SAE-certified 151 horsepower (113 kW) and 264 lb-ft of torque (358 Nm), and can go from 0-60 in about 8.6 seconds. Its advanced 2.0L turbo-diesel engine produces at least 250 lb-ft of torque (339 Nm) between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm and 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 merging onto a busy freeway.

Cruze Diesel’s engine meets stringent U.S. environmental standards including Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards.

“Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel fills an important role in Chevrolet’s diverse four-cylinder lineup, and is primed to win over diesel devotees and compact car buyers with its performance, torque and fuel economy,” said Perry. “We leveraged engineering expertise from around the globe to develop a world-class, low-emissions engine to give U.S. and Canadian customers a car that’s both fun to drive and practical at the pump.”

With a starting price at $25,695, including a $810 destination charge, Cruze Diesel comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, 3.20 final drive ratio, 140-amp alternator, 800 cold-cranking amps battery, 17-inch alloy wheels, ultra-low-rolling resistance all-season tires, rear spoiler, Aero Performance Package and leather-appointed seating.

Other standard features include Chevrolet’s infotainment system MyLink, a two-year maintenance plan, and a five-year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

“Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel is the most-sophisticated passenger car diesel engine GM has ever produced,” said Jens Wartha, GM global program manager and chief engineer for the Cruze’s diesel engine. “We merged European diesel expertise with the real world driving preferences of North American consumers.”

Chevrolet has sold more than 2 million Cruze models globally since it was launched in mid-2010. More than 35,000 of those sold last year were diesel powered.

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