This news comes as a surprise, well, sort of. We have heard of rumors about a diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze in the U.S., but today, GM has officially announced that it will be available for the North American market in 2013.
Of all the right decisions that GM could make, GM had to make this least favorable decision. GM could bring the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado truck to the U.S., but instead it is making a diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze. If you know the U.S. market, it doesn’t like diesel powered cars, period. Look around and see how many diesel vehicles are on the road. What makes GM thinks that it can break this market? There are plenty of small cars in the U.S. that has the same gas mileage as the diesel form.
Currently, the diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze model is being sold in Europe and other markets. It is expected the diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze will be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine producing 161 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The diesel engine is mated a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission. It has a fuel economy rating of 5.6 liter/100 km combined on European cycle when equipped with a manual gearbox, which is equivalent to 42 miles per gallon U.S. With an automatic transmission, it delivers about 6.7 liter/km, which is about 35 mpg U.S.
The bottom line is, does the U.S. need a diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze? Nope, because we already have a Chevrolet Cruze that produces 42 miles per gallon here in the U.S. Mark this as another “epic fail” decision by GM.