General Motors confirmed today that it will be producing the diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze at its Lordstown, Ohio plant. The diesel version of the Cruze will be built alongside the gasoline powered model.
GM will spend $5.5 million into the factory to upgrade the assembly line and body shop and will start building the diesel Cruze in early 2013. The plant currently runs around the clock to produce enough Cruze units to meet demand.
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The Chevrolet Cruze diesel is expected to get around 50 mpg. The Chevrolet Cruze Eco model currently allows for 42 mpg highway.
Refresher: The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze base LS model is powered by a 136-hp 1.8L 4-cylinder engine, while the Eco, LT and LTZ model get a 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder Ecotec engine making 138-hp and a maximum torque of 148 lb-ft. The 1.4L turbo models are expected to have a cruising range of more than 500 miles and the Cruze Eco is estimated to get an EPA fuel-economy rating of 42 mpg on the highway. All 2011 Cruze models are available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at $16,995 for the base model to $22,695 for the top-of-the-line model.
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Detroit News