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.
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.
The bold face of the new Chevrolet Cruze is marked by its two-tier grille and the iconic Bowtie logo. Its raked windshield and fast-sloping rear pillars are linked by an arching roofline, resulting to a coupe-like profile.
Likewise, the sportiness of the new Cruze is evident on its headlamp housings wrapping around the corners while sweeping upward in the fenders and sculpted hood. This sportiness is also evident on its short rear deck and its short front and rear overhangs. All of the features healthily combine to give the new Cruze a more assertive appearance that is highlighted by its wide, confident stance.
Meanwhile, the new Chevrolet Cruze features an interior that is longer and wider than most of its rivals. Since the use of exterior trim is minimal, the new Cruze conveys a high-quality feel as complemented by its tightly drawn bodywork that exudes solidity.
To ensure that the new Chevrolet Cruze is provided with solid body structure, the carmaker retooled the body shop of its Lordstown assembly plant with the latest in body-framing and welding equipment, resulting to a precise and high quality built. Having a strong structure means the Cruze boasts of minimal production variance as well as repeatable gap tolerances of up to 3 mm between most exterior panels.
On the other hand, the interior of the new Chevrolet Cruze is also laden with bold design cues. It features a twin-cockpit motif as inspired by the Chevrolet Corvette as well as makes of high-quality materials and features outstanding assembly tolerances. Moreover, the interior features low-gloss trim panels matched with grained and soft-touch components.