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.
Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of marketing, remarked that the carmaker boasts of a plethora of products and technologies that should allow it to cater to the needs of even the most discerning customer, citing the Spark EV or Cruze turbo diesel as example.
In terms of performance, the new Cruze Diesel leads its segment, thanks to an advanced 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine that delivers a SAE-certified 151 hp (113 kW) of max output and 264 lb.-ft. (358 Nm) of peak torque. This power level allows the new Cruze Diesel to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just around 8.6 seconds. Interestingly, this engine could deliver at least 250 lb.-ft. (339 Nm) of torque between 1,750 rpm and 3,000 rpm.
In addition, its overboost feature allows its torque to surge to around 280 lb.-ft. (380 Nm). Despite having such amount of power at its disposal, this 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine is already compliant with stiff environmental standards in the United States, including Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards.
Perry quipped that the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel plays a vital role in the carmaker’s diverse four-cylinder lineup, adding that it should appeal to diesel fans and compact car buyers with its performance and torque as well as fuel economy. He added that Chevrolet leveraged engineering expertise from around the world just to be able to develop a top-class low-emissions engine.
This advanced diesel engine is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission (3.20 final drive ratio), with stopping power taken care of by four-wheel antilock disc brakes. The new Cruze Diesel features an 800-amp battery and a 140-amp alternator. It rides on a set of 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in ultra-low-rolling resistance all-season tires. This version of the Cruze also features a rear spoiler, Aero Performance Package as well as leather-appointed seating.
Chevrolet’s new Cruze Diesel has a starting price of $25,695, which already includes $810 in destination costs.