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Old 07-22-2011, 02:44 PM   #1
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Rumors of a diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze have been floating around the Intertubes ever since the sedan's launch last year, but now, we have the official word straight from General Motors: A diesel Cruze is definitely coming to the United States. Unfortunately, we won't see the oil-burning Cruze until sometime in 2013, likely as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh.

As of this writing, GM has yet to confirm any powertrain details, though earlier rumors had suggested that a 2.0-liter engine with 147 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque could be the powerplant of choice. In Australia, though, under the hood of the Holden Cruze, the 2.0-liter diesel is good for 160 hp and 265 lb-ft.

Since GM is using the new diesel model as a way to "bolster the already fuel-efficient Cruze lineup," we wouldn't be surprised if a less-powerful but more-efficient engine was offered. Currently, the Cruze Eco with a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four is good for 138 hp, 148 lb-ft and up to 42 miles per gallon on the highway.

What say you, readers? Could a diesel-powered Cruze hit the lofty 50 mpg mark? Give us your best fuel economy estimates in the comments, and hit the jump for GM's official press release.


http://www.autoblog.com/2011/07/22/d...o-u-s-in-2013/
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I like the idea. GM needs to offer a small diesel in the 1500 Silverado's next
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I like the idea. There is little reason this cleaner/more efficient technology should not be main stream here.

I'm all for tons of these little cars running around as apposed to the hybrid/electric vehicles with their snobby *** drivers.
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If my wife's maxima can last another year and a half - I might be game for this car!

VW Diesels around here are holding their value VERY well. Like selling for $17,000+ for 3-4 year old models with 40,000+ miles....on a car that was only $26,000 new.
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for many years countries overseas have had many cars that are diesels such as 62mpg honda accords

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9712548-7.html


but the lobbyist for big oil companies have Washington in their pocket.......


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB0trPOy8lc






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^^ Is that European MPG or US MPG?

1 UK Imperial Gallon = 4.55 litres
1 US Liquid Gallon = 3.79 litres

62mpg UK = 51mpg US

62mpg US = 74mpg UK

I am for sure not knocking even 51mpg, that's still really good. I'm just curious.
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^^ Is that European MPG or US MPG?

1 UK Imperial Gallon = 4.55 litres
1 US Liquid Gallon = 3.79 litres

62mpg UK = 51mpg US

62mpg US = 74mpg UK

I am for sure not knocking even 51mpg, that's still really good. I'm just curious.
good question...... it states the specs @ 1:15 - 1:25 in the video and it says converted to U.S. mpg it gets 52mpg hwy, which is a huge improvement from the 30mpg hwy gasoline version here in the U.S.


Gasoline V-6 = 20mpg city, 30mpg highway, 24mpg combined

Diesel I-4= 32mpg city, 52mpg highway, 42mpg combined


thats almost double the combined mpg switching to diesel........ meaning if U.S. would allow this here our cars would get almost double the mpg...... which would mean we would use HALF as much fuel, which means HALF as much profits for oil companies....... thats why these big oil tycoons have been lobbying all this time and have washington in their pockets......






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Yeah the only reason i ask is because the VW golf diesel they were promoting to give 72mpg. In reality is was the lower figure, as they were claiming the european numbers

I would be all over one (an inexpensive diesel compact) if my DD were to take an expensive dump and they were on the lots ready to go.
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i would pick one up in a heartbeat as a 2nd vehicle if they make them i think, with the CAFE standards going up, we will have to see more of them. According to sales of electrics, they will not go over well in the longrun.
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GM needs to offer a small diesel in the 1500 Silverado's next
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I honestly can't believe one of the big 3 haven't done it already. The ecoboost is good, but you can't beat the torque and economy of a diesel.
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Could you imagine a like a 5.5 Turbo diesel in a 1/2 ton truck it'd increase the price but man i bet you sell alot when you tell people they will get 25+mpg
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I would so jump on a diesel Cruze. I bought a 2011 Golf TDI because I wanted a small diesel so I wouldn't have to drive my gas guzzling truck everyday. If GM had this in their line-up I woulda gone this route for sure. I think the Cruze is a better looking car than a Golf as well.
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I like the idea. GM needs to offer a small diesel in the 1500 Silverado's next
^THIS^. Or a S-10/Colorado with a small diesel getting about 30+ mpgs would be perfect for me. I had to dump my Silverado 5.3 2 years ago because of the cost to fuel it(I do 30,000 miles a year for work).
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265 ft/lb + 50 MPG = win.
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Could you imagine a like a 5.5 Turbo diesel in a 1/2 ton truck it'd increase the price but man i bet you sell alot when you tell people they will get 25+mpg
hate to break it to ya, but gm HAD a 4.5l TD ready to go and scrapped it because of the govt takeover.
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I am pretty sure that GM has had a 1.3L diesel variant of the Ecotec for years in Europe. They should of brought this to the US a long time ago. Yet another GM fail.
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Could you imagine a like a 5.5 Turbo diesel in a 1/2 ton truck it'd increase the price but man i bet you sell alot when you tell people they will get 25+mpg
i get 24mpg with my Duramax. granted, i have to run 65mph to do that, but still. not bad for a 6.6L V8 pulling 7300lbs of service truck around.

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Oh you know what i do remember reading about that 4.5L TD. I spaced it haha.
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Awesome, I'll buy one for a commuter car. Just wait until EFI Live gets the ECM open to be able to tune it... I'll bet we could get 300+ WHP and 400 TQ out of it.
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I was in Greece two months ago and commented to my wife how many great diesels over there made by GM (Opel even) needed to be sold in the US.

If they don't jump on it soon, VW will continue to own the market share - especially with their vision of selling over 100,000 cars a year in the US, and their new plant in Chattanooga, TN opening up for production this year.

I didn't see the video (work blocks it), but with is their projected starting price for the the cruze diesel?
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