It's been a little over a year and a half since General Motors first confirmed plans to offer a diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze here in the United States, and we've now learned that the oil-burning compact will debut under the lights of the Chicago Auto Show in February. According to GM Authority, the Cruze Eco-D will be introduced as part of the entire 2014 model year Cruze range, set to go on sale in the second quarter of this year.

Earlier reports have indicated that the diesel Cruze will be able to achieve fuel economy numbers in the range of 50 miles per gallon. For comparison, the similarly sized Volkswagen Jetta TDI is rated at 30/42 mpg city/highway, but as we found out in our long-term test of the 2011 model, hitting 50 mpg was a piece of cake.

Official specifications will be released at the time of the 2014 Cruze's unveiling, though reports have stated that the sedan will be powered by a reworked version of the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline-four found in the Holden Cruze CDX overseas. In that application, the four-pot oil-burner produces 160 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque – increases of 20 hp and 29 lb-ft over the 2.0-liter engine used in VW's Jetta TDI.

We've reached out to Chevrolet officials for confirmation but have yet to receive a response as of this writing. Stay tuned.


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      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      50mpg and 265ft-lbs of torque? If this thing is going to be reasonably priced, this is going to shake things up. Hats off to GM for making this finally happen!
        jason32379
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        That's a big "IF" because we know how GM has a particular tendency to botch small cars. And since this engine has already been in production for a while, I wouldn't expect the cost difference to be that much more (granted Diesels tend to have a higher manufacturing cost). With that said, I've had a Cruze as a rental car on more than a few occasions and was suitably impressed.
          Alfonso T. Alvarez
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jason32379
          "That's a big "IF" because we know how GM has a particular tendency to botch small cars." That is very much an outdated perception. The Cruze, Verano, Sonic and Spark are all very well done and well received in the marketplace
        Proghog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Probably will only come in the LTZ trim.
      atvman
      • 1 Year Ago
      People are forgetting a key thing when talking about the cost equation, residuals. Diesels historically retain almost their entire of their up front purchase premium after three or even five years of ownership. Also, keep in mind that this will be a big power upgrade over the current Cruze (assuming the numbers in that article are close). That's more than 100lb-ft more torque than you get in the 1.4L turbo model.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @atvman
        Torque is not power. Horsepower is power, hence the name. I know residuals have been high in the past, but used Diesels were also scarce in the past, because VW never made them for more than 3 years out of a model's 5. It's hard to be certain that residuals will be as high now given the higher number of used Diesels out there.
          Rotation
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rotation
          They're directly related through rpm. But Diesels run fewer rpms. And that means less power. Diesels, since they produce fewer rpms are saddled with higher final drive gearings. This reduces the torque at the wheels, reducing acceleration. That's why Diesels ar slower than gas engines, because they have less power. The torque at low pedal applications is nice though, an advantage of having no throttle plate and the corresponding reduction in pumping losses at low pedal applications.
      justgoawaymad
      • 1 Year Ago
      This little car may get me to sell my metro! I would love to see a real world test.
      berto
      • 1 Year Ago
      any mention of available transmissions?
      Really
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its about time! I've been waiting 2 years for this.
      Snark
      • 1 Year Ago
      I assume we will also see the Cruze get an MCE for '14?
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      I look forward to selling these, they will sell well up here in Canada. Would be nice if there was the wagon option as well. Getting our first ones in late March...
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        Jerry
        • 1 Year Ago
        The 1.6L sucked in the Aveo over in the states (called the Kalos in EU maybe)? It is a pitiful engine that should be discontinued.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      While its nice to offer up different options, diesel is simply not as cost-effective as a hybrid. Up-front costs for diesels and hybrids is about the same versus a regular ICE, but diesel costs more per gallon of fuel. Its a good option for those that do a lot of highway cruising, but for most people a good hybrid option would be the better deal. Still, I'm glad that GM is offering up that option and I hope it trickles into more of their US vehicles.
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        If you drive under 12,000 miles a year and do more than half of it local or city then yes,.. a hybrid is a better choice. I put around 30 to 35k a year on a car for work and business. As long as the markup is not ridiculous I am very interested in this car.and the future Mazda 6 diesel
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they make it available with a stick, I expect they'll make some conquest sales.
      wooootles
      • 1 Year Ago
      America isn't a fan of wagons. America isn't a fan of diesels (on cars). This isn't yurop and a diesel Cruze (or wagon) won't catapult GM to #1 again. It won't be a game-changer, and it would be a niche footnote like the CTS-V wagon (which I like btw, and the publications like, but America doesn't)
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wooootles
        I won't speak for all of America, but diesel cars are quite popular here in the Seattle area.
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wooootles
        Who peed in your Cheerios? I think you need a red New Beetle or at least to see the Super Bowl ad for the Beetle. Also, VW has been selling a tidy number of diesels for many years, so I think you may be wrong. Oh, here's another myth: Americans don't like hatchbacks. Wrong. Americans don't like ugly, cheap, ill driving anemic econoboxes that are hatchbacks. Show them a good one and they'll buy it. See Mazda 3, Golfs, Subarus, Fiestas, Foci, Minis, Fiat 500s etc.
          wooootles
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shiftright
          And how many more buy crossovers or sedans for every hatchback sold? How many Hybrids for every diesel car sold? My sister has a Focus hatchback and it's a neat little thing but I see maybe 5x more Focus sedans on the road. I'm not hating, it's just real talk.
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wooootles
        Have you ever drove a modern day diesel engined car, preferably a 'Yuropeein' one?? They drive much better than a weenie gas engined car with all stump pulling torgue. Wake up America.
        vegasstyleguy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wooootles
        Honestly, I thought no one would by the CTS wagon (regular or otherwise) and I see them all the time here in Vegas. Hopefully the diesel Cruze will sell big here as well since we Nevadans have long drives ahead of pretty much anytime we leave Vegas.
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wooootles
        But why are you talking about wagons in this conversation? The Cruze is clearly a sedan.
        ajk724
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wooootles
        I was born and raised in Detroit and I own a Jetta TDI wagon. Tons of cargo space AND fuel efficient? Now that's a crazy idea.
      alistair.dillingham
      • 1 Year Ago
      They shoulda shown this in the DETROIT NA INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW. Not in that side-show in Chicago.
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