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Old 02-20-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
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Last fall, GM executive Tom Stephens said the company would offer a passenger car with a clean-diesel engine in the U.S. market, its first since 1985.

Now we know what that vehicle will be: a model of the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan.

Workers at the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant where the Cruze is built were told about the model last week, according to GM Inside News.
The engine in question will be a modified version of the General Motors corporate 2.0-liter turbodiesel. It is already available in Cruze models sold in Europe and, as the Holden Cruze, in Australia, among other markets.



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In Australia, the 2.0-liter common-rail turbodiesel engine is rated at 148 hp ] (110 kW) and a strong 236 foot-pounds (320 Newton-meters) of torque. It is offered with a five-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission.

In the U.K., the Chevrolet Cruze 2.0 VCDi model with the same engine delivered 42.0 miles per gallon (50.4 miles per Imperial gallon) on the European test cycle. It cost 17,325 (roughly $28,250 including tax) as tested by Autocar magazine in September 2009.
Internal documents indicate that the U.S.-market diesel will have an engine option code of "LUZ" on the order form. According to GM Inside News, development vehicles (known as "mules") are now being fitted with the diesel engine for testing at GM's Technical Center in Warren, Michigan.




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The success of the 2013 Cruze clean diesel model in the U.S. market will depend on several factors:
  • the price of gasoline;
  • the price of diesel fuel and the cost difference between that and gasoline;
  • the cost differential for the diesel engine over the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine fitted to most U.S. Cruze models; and
  • whether GM has to fit an expensive urea-injection emissions treatment system to get the engine certified for tougher U.S. emissions standards.
While diesel engines are more efficient and deliver better MPG figures than gasoline engines of the same power, they do not represent a large portion of the U.S. passenger vehicle market.

Car companies and industry analysts say that for several reasons, small diesels won't dominate U.S. car sales. But most experts expect that over the next five years, diesel sales will slowly rise as a percentage of the total U.S. car market.

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A 2013 Chevrolet Cruze clean diesel, competitively priced and delivering mileage notably higher than the ratings of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco--which the EPA rates at 28 mpg city, 42 mpg highway for the six-speed manual version--could speed up that rise.

Would you buy a Cruze diesel? What fuel mileage would it have to deliver, and at what sticker price? (Please be realistic: "60 mpg for $12,000" is not realistic.)
Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:25 PM   #2
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I think the Volt should have gotten a diesel option first (and from its introduction.) Move in the right direction though.
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Old 02-20-2011, 04:58 PM   #3
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I'll believe it when I see it in the flesh in showrooms with a non-sucky EPA mpg sticker on it… but if the rumors are true this can only be a positive thing. Down with the VWAG stranglehold on the non-truck diesel market here in the US!

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Wait a sec... is this diesel more powerful than any of the gas offerings?
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:46 PM   #5
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Good idea. But they should have put in in the pickups and SUV line. A 6 cyl diesel would get about 25 mpg in light duty truck keeping them alive in high fuel cost times.
The high torque motors do best with heavy vehicles in fuel savings. The Isuzu 4 cyl diesel they use in the cab over box trucks gets 16-20 mpg loaded with 10,000 lbs and as aero as a brick. A half ton pickup would easily get 25mpg.
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Wait a sec... is this diesel more powerful than any of the gas offerings?
As of right now. There will likely be the 2.0t ecotec by that time, making 220-255hp in an SS model.

Curious about this car. Nee the diesel in 5-door form for pure UK emulation.

Also note that 42 is EU test cycle, which doesn't directly correlate to US "city" "highway" ratings.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:33 PM   #7
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Good idea. But they should have put in in the pickups and SUV line. A 6 cyl diesel would get about 25 mpg in light duty truck keeping them alive in high fuel cost times.
The high torque motors do best with heavy vehicles in fuel savings. The Isuzu 4 cyl diesel they use in the cab over box trucks gets 16-20 mpg loaded with 10,000 lbs and as aero as a brick. A half ton pickup would easily get 25mpg.
I would agree with you, but we have the Mahindra as a counterexample:

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/2008s...&make=Mahindra

19/21/20 combined.

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Different options, as long as they make sense, are always good. Never thought I'd see the day where a Chevy (Cruze) and a Hyundai (the new Elantra) would occupy the top spots on my shortlist of compact sedans if I were in the market for one.

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It's about time! My 335d has shown me just how efficient modern diesels can be. The Cruze diesel should easily get north of 50mpg highway. I'm surprised they didn't plan for a smaller diesel engine with similar power levels to the base gas engine. It would have possibly reached near the 60mpg level! Maybe they were trying to justify the higher price of the diesel option with more power.
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