The Chevy Cruze ECO achieves a commendable 42 mpg, but does so with such drastic measures such as ultra-low rolling resistance tires and the lack of a spare tire. But General Motors hopes to make the Cruze a fun-to-drive gas sipper by offering a powertrain not often found in domestic compact cars.
In February we first heard a rumor that Chevy might bring a diesel engine to the North American market and a report today by Automotive News via the Associated Press is reigniting the same news. General Motors already offers a diesel-powered Cruze in Australia and Europe. According to the report, GM will simply tweak one of those engines to meet North American standards and regulations. GM has two versions of its 2.0-liter diesel available for the European-market Cruze, one with 127 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque and one with 163 horsepower and 266 lb-ft.
The report also states that the diesel-powered engine could reach our shores in two years, likely making its way into the 2013 model-year Cruze. With this move, Chevy is no doubt targeting the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which currently puts out 140-hp and 236-lb ft of torque. By all accounts, VW has had success offering diesel engines in the U.S., which is a popular option for customers who enjoy mounds of torque while achieve high MPGs.
GM’s diesel engine would no doubt fit under the hood of the coming Buick Verano as well, making the move even more of a no-brainer.
Source: Automotive News (subscription required)