2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel to debut at Chicago Auto Show in February – update

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In the quest to satisfy its customers’ pockets, General Motors plans to offer a diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze in the United States. As we know, the diesel version is already available in Europe and elsewhere in the world, and the U.S. version is likely to carry the same diesel engine.

To mark its introduction in the U.S., GM is planning to debut the diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show in February. According to GM Authority, the Cruze Eco-D will be added to entire 2014 model year Cruze range, which is set to go on sale in the second quarter of this year.

For those who would like a hybrid version to save gas, but can’t afford, the diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan will ease the pocket on both fuel saving as well as the initial owning cost. Reports have shown that the diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze is able to achieve fuel economy numbers at around 50 miles per gallon, and that is the range of a hybrid version in its segment.

Although not official, but from the European version, the diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan will be powered by a revised version of the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine four-cylinder found in the Holden Cruze CDX in Australia. This diesel engine is rated at 160 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, and you can see, it has plenty of torque for towing.

Stay tuned, as we have the official details of the diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze in February.

Update: 2/6/2013 – Confirmed

General Motors has confirmed the arrival of the diesel-powered 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel compact sedan, which will carry a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 148 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque at around 2,000 rpm. Unlike the old conventional diesel engine, this modern version comes with direct-injection, and features an overboost function that allows the engine to deliver up to 280 lb-ft of torque in a 10-second interval.  Fuel economy is estimated at 42 mpg highway when equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Pricing for the diesel-powered 2014 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan starts at $25,695, including an $810 destination fee, which makes it about $2,115 premium over a loaded Cruze LTZ with an automatic transmission. [1-29-2013]

Update: 4/18/2013 – 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel gets 46 mpg

It is official, the new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is rated at 46 miles per gallon highway based on Environmental Protection Agency estimates, remember, not tests! This translate to about 700 miles on a single tank of diesel fuel. In comparison, it bested the Volkswagen Passat TDI (diesel) at 43 mpg and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI (diesel) at 42 mpg. Still, when compared to the Toyota Prius, it is shorted by 2 mpg. Then again, the Toyota Prius is a hybrid. At 46 mpg, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel takes the crown for the best fuel efficient vehicle in the non-hybrid category, in America.

From the spec sheet, the turbocharged diesel engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which features an overboost function to crank out another 22 pound-feet of torque if needed. This allows the car to sprint from 0-60 mph in about 8.6 seconds, which is considerable good for a diesel-powered sedan.