Chevrolet's new Cruze compact car, the replacement to the lackluster Cobalt, has met with positive reviews from the press and fair sales success, but it may soon get even more attractive to those with mileage on their minds: a diesel version is coming.
This February, our sister site GreenCarReports brought you news that the Cruze diesel was coming via a briefing to workers at Chevrolet's Lordstown, Ohio plant who were told of plans to build the car. The latest confirmation cites two unnamed persons familiar with the matter. Chevrolet has not made any official announcement of plans to build a diesel Cruze.
Specifications remain imprecise, though it is known it will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, largely identical to Australian- and European-market diesels also sold through GM brands. In Australia, the engine rates 148 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque--solid figures, and nearly spot-on Volkswagen's popular TDI diesel engine. It is sold with a five-speed manual of six-speed automatic transmission.
In the U.S., the engine might produce slightly less power due to tighter particulate and other emissions rules, though any difference would be a matter of a few percentage points. Whatever the power output, fuel economy should be impressive; the Cruze 2.0 sold in the U.K. scores 42.0 mpg combined in the European test cycle. As the 2013 model-year designation intimates, it probably won't be available before the second half of 2012.
For a thorough analysis of the green credibility of the 2013 Chevy Cruze diesel as well as an assessment of its chances for success in the U.S., be sure to read John Voelcker's analysis from earlier this year at GreenCarReports.
[AP via Detroit News]