Following rumors earlier this month, General Motors confirmed today that it will ad a diesel variant to the Chevrolet Cruze lineup in North America in 2013. Diesel versions of the Chevrolet Cruze are currently sold in Europe.
We don’t have any concrete details as to what will power the North American diesel Cruze, but additional details are expected to follow.
In Europe, the Chevrolet Cruze diesel currently has a 2.0 liter diesel engine making 160-hp and a peak torque of 265 lb-ft. Mated to a 6-speed transmission the Chevrolet Cruze diesel manages a fuel-economy of 50.4 mpg combined on a Euro V scale – that converts to 41 mpg U.S.
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“The diesel will bolster the already fuel-efficient Cruze lineup,” GM said in a statement. “Cruze Eco with a standard six-speed manual transmission, is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered/non-hybrid vehicle in America, with an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the 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.
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– By: Omar Rana