Chevrolet introduces the 2014 Cruze Clean Diesel

Article by Christian A., on February 7, 2013

As we told you in this article, Chevrolet unveiled the 2014 Cruze Clean Diesel, GM’s first diesel car since 1986. According to the official press release, the Cruze Clean Diesel is powered by the cleanest diesel passenger car engine GM has ever produced. Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel has demonstrated estimated best-in-segment range and 42 mpg on the highway with spirited performance and the durability diesel owners value around the globe.

As expected, under the hood there is a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine that delivers 148 hp (110 kW) and 258 lb-ft torque (350 Nm). With these numbers, the 2014 Cruze Clean Diesel is able to hi 60 mph in 8.6 seconds, which means that it is better than the Volkswagen Jetta TDI automatic and competitive with German diesel cars that dominate the U.S. market.

The 2014 Cruze Clean Diese is priced at $25,695, including a $810 destination charge (excludes tax, title, license, and dealer fees) and comes as standard 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. Moreover, the 2014 Cruze Diesel offers other standard features such as Chevrolet’s infotainment system MyLink, a two-year maintenance plan, and a five-year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

“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.”

Making the design of the Chevrolet Cruze more unique is the bold face. This, of course, includes the two-tier grille that has the celebrated Bowtie logo, a look the brand is known for around the world. Its steeply-raked windshield is connected to the fast-sloping pillars in the rear through the arching roofline. This allows the model to have the athleticism and proportion similar to a coupe. Compared to other models in the same segment, the Cruze is not only longer but also wider. Since the bodywork is tightly drawn, it reveals solidity.

Meanwhile by limiting exterior trim, it improves the high-quality feel. Overall, the look of the new Cruze is one that comes with more purpose. The athletic appearance is observed through the headlamp housings which are more pronounced. These housings are able to wrap on the corners and then curve upwards towards the sculpted hood and fenders.

The headlamp housings also do the same to the short rear deck, something that you only see in sports coupes. Its wheels have been placed on the corners with the overhangs on both the front and rear minimized. All of these various elements are able to work well, allowing the Cruze to have a confident and wide stance that is balanced with an aggressive appearance.

Looking at the build quality of the Cruze, the precision is clear. Chevrolet made sure to retool the body shop of the assembly plant located in Lordstown. Specifically, it now has the latest in welding and body-framing equipment to make sure that when it comes to manufacturing a solid body structure, the process is optimized.

Because of this strong structure, the production variance is minimized. In fact, the repeatable gap tolerances of many of the exterior panels are at most 3 mm. For owners, the implication is that the model looks good when new while remaining to be solid even as the years pass.

Press Release

Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Delivers Classic Muscle Car Torque

Imagine quick off-the-line acceleration reminiscent of a classic muscle car combined with the efficiency of a fuel-sipping compact sedan. Dream on? Believe it. The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel uses a turbocharging feature called “overboost,” but still gets the best highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid passenger car in America.

Cruze Diesel’s turbocharged 2.0L engine delivers a segment-leading SAE-certified 151 horsepower (113 kW) and 264 lb-ft of torque (358 Nm), but overboost can increase torque to 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) for about 10 seconds of stronger acceleration. That’s the equivalent torque delivered by the 1972 Camaro Z28’s heavier 5.7L V8.

Unlike the muscle car era, Cruze Diesel marries that quick burst to a segment-leading EPA-estimated 46 mpg highway, and demonstrated range of 717 miles on one tank of fuel.

“Overboost provides increased performance when the driver demands it, like when passing on the highway,” said Mike Siegrist, GM 2.0L diesel assistant chief engineer. “When the driver leans on the throttle, the turbocharger increases the air and fuel intake over and above what the engine needs for normal torque demand.”

So taking the “muscle” analogy one step further, overboost is to Cruze Diesel as oxidation is to athletes when their muscles use oxygen to break down carbohydrates, fat and protein to produce energy. The more oxygen they take in, the better their performance. Cruze Diesel can sprint from 0 to 60 in about 8.6 seconds – half a second faster than its chief competitor, the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L TDI.

Cruze’s 2.0L turbo-diesel provides greater fuel economy than a comparably sized gasoline engine through greater thermal efficiency, a higher compression ratio and an unthrottled combustion process. It features an iron cylinder block and a forged steel crankshaft, each designed to stand up to the greater cylinder pressures that come with a turbo-diesel engine.

A lightweight aluminum cylinder head and aluminum intake manifold contribute to the engine’s ability to deliver balanced ride and handling.

Turbocharging is an increasingly popular choice with automakers and car buyers. According to LMC Automotive, a provider of automotive forecasts, turbo-charged passenger vehicle production in North America is expected to double by 2018, from 14 percent in 2013 to 29 percent, mainly due to increased diesel production, as well as four-cylinder turbo gas engines replacing V6 engines.

“Cruze’s turbo-diesel engine is powerful, efficient and clean,” Siegrist said. “It will change perceptions of what a diesel car can be while giving customers another fuel-efficient choice in the Chevrolet lineup.”

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