The diesel-powered Chevy Cruze is scheduled to begin production in 2013, and GM has finally announced which plant will have it rolling off its line in 2013. Not surprisingly, the company’s Lordstown, Ohio facility -- which currently builds gasoline-powered Cruze models -- will produce the diesel-burning model for the U.S. market.
In order to make room for the diesel-powered car, $5.5 million worth of upgrades are planned for the factory, largely to upgrade both the body shop and general assembly line, which will start in 2012. The Lordstown factory already produces the gasoline engine version of the Cruze, which continues to be one of Chevy’s top-sellers.
The Cruze diesel is already sold in Europe and Australia, and is powered by two forms of a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder; one producing 127 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, the other offering 163 hp and 265 lb-ft. While the American market Cruze Eco already gets an impressive 42 mpg on the highway, the diesel version is expected to achieve close to 50 mpg. GM has not yet given an official estimate or any firm specifications on the U.S.-spec diesel.
The Cruze may be Chevy's first diesel-powered passenger car for the U.S. market since 1986 (diesels were offered in both the Caprice and Chevette) , but it's also noteworthy as it finally gives Volkswagen's diesel-powered compact models -- like the Jetta TDI -- some competition.
Source: The Detroit News