Chevrolet Confirms Cruze Diesel Arriving in U.S. for 2013

The rumors were true: Chevrolet will bring a diesel-powered version of the Cruze sedan to the U.S. market in 2013. It’s unknown what diesel engine will be used, but the Cruze is offered with two different diesel engines in Europe.

A Chevrolet spokeswoman said it was too early to say how fuel economy might compare to other Cruze models, or even what engine would be used by the American Cruze diesel. She confirmed that the diesel trim would not replace the highly efficient Cruze Eco trim -- leading us to suspect the diesel’s economy could trump that of the gasoline-powered Eco. The Cruze Eco is EPA-rated at 28/42 mpg (city/highway) with a six-speed manual transmission.

In Europe, the Cruze is offered with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder, producing either 127 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, or 163 hp and 265 lb-ft depending on trim. The Cruze diesel’s closest American-marketcompetitor would be the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which produces 140 hp and 236 lb-ft from a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine. It returns fuel economy of 30/42 mpg (city/highway). Diesel cars have proven a big hit for Volkswagen and now account for over 20 percent of VW sales.

We should learn more about the Cruze diesel as we approach the 2013 on-sale date. Given that gasoline-powered versions of the Cruze are already approaching or beating the heralded 40 mpg mark on the freeway, does Chevrolet really need a diesel version? Will the improved economy of oil-burning sedans draw even more buyers to the Cruze, or is it a waste of time for GM? Have your say in the comments section below.

Source: Chevrolet

good news Chevy! Now put the engine in the Cruze Wagon and sell it here!
j clark
Putting a diesel engine in the Cruze is a no brainer! Why would anyone not want 30% better fuel economy?? Diesel makes the best sense in every vehicle IMO.
Cruzewagon, Malibuwagon
I will buy this car. Period.
Larsen E Whipsnade
@bloggin: "the consumer will chose the cleaner hybrid/electric over oil burning diesel" Not this consumer! You can get all wired up in hybrid goofiness if you like, but I'm looking for straight-up tractor power, the smaller and leaner the better!
Thank god, I always wanted to buy a diesel and American but nobody had the nerve to build one. Now I wont have to give my money to V.W. and I can finally support an American icon, Chevy
It will be more cost effective and more furl efficient for GM to go hybrid with the Cruze. Consumers want fuel efficiency, but with the price premium being about the same for both technologies, the consumer will chose the cleaner hybrid/electric over oil burning diesel to get the fuel efficiency they are looking for. VW knows this, which is why they are slow to introduce a Jetta hybrid, as the price point will be the same for the diesel, but with the hybrid offering better mpg, use cheaper gasoline, and is cleaner.
It think GM just want to save some money on the 2.0 Diesel, what else would be the reason to bring it over here. The old S-10/Colorado Plant is gonna stop making Midsize trucks so why not build the Diesel there, but I do hope they can make some Diesel Version of the CUV. Heck even Jeep is going to make the Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and Patriot in Oilburners. but thanks to Fiat they wont smoke, but will they last?
what a great idea.why not for every model?
Perfect! Now all they need to do for the U.S. market is put the diesel in a Cruze hatchback or the new Colorado PU that is being paraded around outside the U.S.
Why the Cruze? Diesels make more sense in larger vehicles. Put in in the Malibu or better yet the Equinox.

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