• Feb 21, 2011
2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco - Click above for high-res image gallery

According to the crew at GMInsideNews, General Motors is mulling the notion of introducing a diesel Chevrolet Cruze to the American market. Sources within the Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant responsible for piecing the compact sedan together have confirmed that a diesel Cruze will be built for 2013. If that's not enough to wipe the stink of skepticism off your person, GMI says that additional sources within The General's engineering team have confirmed that an oil-burning Cruze is on the company's schedule.

Production is rumored to kick off on the project at some point next year.

There's even rumor that GM is currently testing diesel Cruze models around the greater Detroit area right now. While no power or fuel economy numbers are available at the moment, GM is expected to make use of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the new model. That would be the same lump found in the Holden Cruze CDX, which turns out 147 horsepower and 235 pound-feet of torque with up to 34 miles per gallon combined.



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[Source: GMInsideNews]


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      GMI has hosted too many "wouldn't that be nice" rumors in the past that never came to be for me to believe this, until a more reputable source shares more info on the matter, at least. Last I was around GMI much of the flammers were still preaching the gospel of Pontiac and insistent that the Zeta platform will host the revival of the Firebird nameplate. If any truth is to come from this pipe-dream, it will likely be in the form of a Canadian-market model, GM wont serve up something that makes more sense than it's Eco and hybrid models, it--unlike VW--would be too fearful of confusing the consumer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Would it be too much to ask for this engine in the Sonic?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can haz diesel wagon?
      • 3 Years Ago
      For cold climates, highway driving and " heavy foot" drivers, diesels perform better than hybrids
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe for lead foot drivers, but my mother drives a Prius in our winter climate and never averages below 45mpg. In warmer weather on the highway she still tops 50mpg.

        Don't get me wrong - the diesel may be better for someone who actually LIKES driving or doesn't like the style/image of the Prius, but mpg wise it's tough to beat.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Only if the Diesel is hamstrung with a tiny motor.

        The Prius beats the Jetta Diesel on the highway. Only by a slim margin, but then it again it also uses regular gas.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They're going to have to squeeze a few more MPG out of it if they expect anyone to buy it over the Cruze Eco, with its 28/42 city/highway. 34 combined MPG simply isn't worth the added cost, unless you're buying it for the performance. That said, I really hope it makes it to production.
        • 3 Years Ago
        One thing to keep in mind is that the Cruz eco only gets the 28/42 number with a manual transmission. The automatic version gets 26/37 (or 30mpg combined).

        If the Cruz diesel gets 34mpg combined with an automatic transmission (which is what the vast majority of Americans buy), I could see people buying it over the Eco version with the automatic. Especially if the diesel has 147hp/235ft-lbs tq (vs. the Eco's 138hp/148ft-lbs), and if the price is right.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They're going to have to squeeze out a lot more mpg. The Cruze Eco is 33mpg on regular gas.
      • 3 Years Ago
      With all the new electric/hybrid coming out and getting better every year I hope GM is not, once again, late to the party... time will tell I guess...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Obviously it does, (but thanks for pointing it anyway :-) ) but explain please why/how will the Volt help GM sell diesels? Especially when many of the competitors already sell half or more of their cars in diesel form? And I believe I read somewhere that diesel equipped car sales are beginning to drop in favor of hybrids (and perhaps electrics) even in Europe... with possibly the same trend in Asia given the pollution problems given the economic growth and (even with the "green" diesels). I was just expressing an opinion anyway, most possibly an incorrect one. I actually hope I am wrong, for GM's sake.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would be pretty awesome. I've wanted for a long time to have an affordable diesel from someone besides just VW... because the Golf TDI, while nice, can get a bit pricey. Wonder if Ford will follow suit?
        • 3 Years Ago
        My prayers will be answered if someday we will see a diesel Cruze hatchback.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Make it a turbo diesel hatchback with a 6 speed manual and 4wd and some sort of overboost feature. =D
      • 3 Years Ago
      If Ford doesn't offer a similar powerplant in the Focus and GM finds a way to offer it in a hatchback with a 5 or 6 speed manual I'll buy it. As the Cruze is, I don't want it. That's a big step for GM, I would much rather buy a vehicle from Ford as I haven't liked any vehicle GM has put out in the past 10 years.

      As to weather or not people will buy it: People are sheep. If the media gives it a lot of positive attention it will likely sell very well. If it gets little attention from the media or is dismissed as a poor alternative to a hybrid, few will sell.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kudos to GM, hope this pushes ford to do the same....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hope they are ready to ramp up production, they will sell like hotcakes.


      Trust me once the EPA numbers come out Panties will drop and wallets will fly open
        • 3 Years Ago
        This could hurt as well as help.

        When it comes to residuals, remember this. If you never spent the dollar, it doesn't depreciate.

        If this has the same depreciation rate as a regular Chevy but costs $1200 more, then you lose even more if you buy it.

        People somehow forget this from time to time. You usually lose more on a VW than on a Chevy simply because you paid more for the VW, even if the VW has a higher residual percentage.
        • 3 Years Ago
        VW Diesels held their value in the past. However, Diesel engines are different now, the economics are different and most importantly, VW doesn't make their Diesel cars disappear for 3 years out of every 5 anymore.

        With the increased supply of new Diesel cars, the demand for and resale value of older cars will drop.
        • 3 Years Ago
        LOL yeah, keep believing that.

        Hmm, lets see, pay a 10-20% premium on the fuel, ON TOP of the premium for the actual engine itself.
        • 3 Years Ago
        A hybrid will give you the same (or even better) mileage numbers, with an initial price premium that is the same (or less) than whatever costs a diesel engine will add (and you better believe a diesel is going to be north of $2k).... but the kicker is that diesel fuel adds ~15% to every fill up versus gas.

        Oh yeah, and hybrids hold their value extremely well, and have been proven to have great reliability, which negates that advantage.

        So tell me again why people are going to jump to get a diesel??

        And to be clear, I am not against GM offering up different powertrains for their cars, but to think that this is going to be some HUGE seller because of what the internet says is laughable at best. I think GM would be much better served to bring out diesels for their truck/SUV lineup.
        • 3 Years Ago
        the premium on fuel is more than offset by the gained efficiency of the diesel. and i cant see much of a price jump on the option for the engine. I would say a max of 1000-1500
        • 3 Years Ago
        The cost of the fuel is barely offset by the fuel prices where I live right now. And the rebates for Diesels are gone at the moment.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Residuals...

        Seriously, the cost premium of fuel is EASILY offset by the fuel savings ALONE.

        Let me say this again...residuals!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Diesels also have a higher residula value and combined with the fuel savings, this more than pays for itself!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would be willing to bet the cost difference will far exceed $1500. On the Golf gas vs. clean diesel is around $5000. I'm not sure how many VW sells but I can't imagine it's a large number.

        If GM does bring a diesel to market, I hope it does well. That would help make a case for other mfg's to do the same.

        The Ford Duratorq's in EU are supposed to be nice mills. Maybe we could see a 60mpg Fiesta or a high 40's Focus/Escape here by mid decade.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the engine has at least modest levels of refinement and modernity, and if they market it appropriately, this could get very, very interesting.
      GM entering the waters of mass market diesel cars (not trucks) before Ford or Chrysler? It's apocalypse, I tell ya.

      Or they're just assembling them in the US, but only for export to Canada and Mexico.
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