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.
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Chevrolet Confirms Diesel Variant for Cruze in 2013

DETROIT – Chevrolet confirmed today it will add a diesel variant to the Cruze lineup in North America in calendar year 2013. Diesel versions of the Cruze are currently being sold in Europe. Additional details on the Cruze diesel for North American markets will be released at a later date.

The diesel will bolster the already fuel-efficient Cruze lineup. Cruze Eco with a standard six-speed manual transmission, is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered/non-hybrid vehicle in America, with an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the highway.

Cruze recorded a total of 24,896 sales in the United States in June, the fifth consecutive month sales have exceeded 20,000. The success of the Cruze has increased Chevrolet's total share of the compact-car segment from 9.5 percent a year ago to 11.9 percent for the first five months of 2011, even as the segment size grew 19 percent.

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 120 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly to gas-free" solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended range. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com


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      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the deciding factor will be price. The gas Jetta starts at a lower price than the Cruze, but the TDI (which has a long-standing reputation behind it) is about the same price as the Prius and Civic hybrids. If the Cruze diesel is in the mid-high 20's, I think they are going to have issues selling them. If it is in the low 20's, then it should be competitive.
      Mark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally, the american automakers get it! I've never understood why, if I'm doing most of my driving on interstates to get where I'm going, we haven't had proper diesels since the early 2000's like most of Europe. Get me a hatchback cruze with a diesel engine and then we're talking. Then, I'll pretty much have a vauxhall astra diesel.
      Kevin W
      • 3 Years Ago
      IF Mazda keeps its promise and brings the Sky-D and IF Chevy keeps this promise, then VW will have some serious competition next year. Most people who knock diesels have never driven one, and don't understand the torque advantage over a low HP gas 4-banger. But, such things have been promised in the past and not delivered, so I won't believe either until the cars are for sale. Until then, I'm just waiting for the dreaded "due to no perceived market demand..." PR.
      Jenna Zalewski
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about a diesel hybrid. What does the focus diesel (ECOnetic) do? 80-85 mpg in the UK so 55-65ish here? But that is a baby diesel (1.6L) The longevity of a diesel would be nice in a compact.
        Jazz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jenna Zalewski
        That would be a $35K economy car.
        oRenj9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jenna Zalewski
        An imperial gallon is 20% bigger than a US gallon. Thus, vehicles in the U.K. achieve 20% more MPG than their U.S. counter-parts. So, 80MPG in imperial gallons is about 55MPG US.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM bringing out a diesel Cruize is surprising, but what won't surprise me is all the folks online that have been saying "oh, bring out an economical diesel sedan and I'll buy it!" but ultimately they decide to go with a gas-powered car instead. I HOPE I am wrong, but talk is cheap, but both diesel engines, nor diesel fuel is cheap and when it comes right down to it, I don't see this being a big seller at all.
        K Gav
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I don't think it would be a big seller, but I could see diesel Cruze selling about 3000 units a month, possibly stealing quite a few sales from VW, especially if the mpg numbers are really impressive. That would not be a bad showing on top of the 20-25+ K monthly sales the Cruze already has. It could even work as a halo model for the lower end Cruzes. People come in the dealership to look at the diesel model that gets 50+ mpg, but they leave in an ECO model.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      ..... really? What is this, a bizarro world version of General Motors?
        oRenj9
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        What, the fact that they can actually produce a vehicle that sells that isn't a pickup truck? Yeah, it is pretty bizarro, but I kind of like it.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      this would be an awesome car! ive already been talking to the wife about getting this for a DD... she has already been converted to the world of Diesel with our new beetle TDi... showing her this would be a no brainer. If GM is dumb enough to not offer a manual transmission to properly compete against the Jetta TDi, then i would have no choice to stick with VW and buy the Jetta. Make the right choice GM. bring the 170HP version and offer the 6 speed! that'll give the Germans something to worry about and make the market a fun place!
      Emilio
      • 3 Years Ago
      Allpar.com just wrote that there has been a 300 being tested with a diesel that should net around 26-29 mpg combined. So i say the cruze will get around 38 combined. A high of 50.
      fefifofum
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone that always whines that we don't get any small diesels, get ready to put your money where your mouth is......
      1guyin10
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now... Will Chrysler follow and offer one of the Fiat diesels in the new C segment Dodge?
      KC
      • 3 Years Ago
      A diesel Cruze achieve AT LEAST 50 mpg highway. . and have a combined MPG in the 40's. I am glad Chevrolet continues to make bring fuel efficient vehicles to market, but they should show the Cruze some love with a more powerful engine. 138 horsepower is not nearly enough in this market. There should be a larger engine, perhaps the option of the new DI 2.5 liter I-4 that is being introduced in the new Malibu. A 190 hp Cruze with a returned 36 mpg highway estimated would be a good seller.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KC
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        Dsuupr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KC
        Have you driven it? 0-60 in 9 seconds is normal for the segment and better than a prius. Mine did way over the speed limit when tackling the big mountains along I-5 as I headed to LA with a fully loaded car.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dsuupr
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        Adam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KC
        Even if it did have 138 HP, it would be plenty powerful enough. A diesel is all about lots of torque. The current VW TDI diesel has 140 HP and is quite snappy actually. It has a lot of low-end torque and gets great fuel mileage. I'm very happy to see another diesel car option for the USA! I hope this opens a lot of doors for more diesel cars in this country.
        bobmarley
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KC
        more power would be nice but the current power is right on par with the rest of the segment...I'm sure they would increase the power if it didnt take away from the fuel economy which is obviously equally or even more impartant right now
      Evan Duncan
      • 3 Years Ago
      If ford doesnt come out with a diesel motor for the focus, this will be my next auto purchase.
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