Ever since General Motors confirmed plans to produce a diesel-powered Cruze back in 2011, we've been eagerly awaiting its arrival. And as part of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, Chevrolet has pulled back the cover on its oil-burning compact sedan, set to go on sale in the near future with a starting price of $25,695, not including $810 for destination.

The heart and soul of the Cruze TD (that's its official name) is a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel inline four-cylinder engine rated at 148 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, mated solely to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine also has an overboost function that will increase torque to 280 lb-ft for up to ten seconds. The full brace of official specs haven't been released, but GM tells us that highway fuel economy will come in at 42 miles per gallon. If that number sounds familiar, it's because the Volkswagen Jetta TDI has the exact same rating. Unlike the Jetta, however, the Cruze TD can run on B20 biodiesel, where as the Volkswagen can only accept B5.

Model-specific changes to this 2014 Cruze TD include an aero kit and unique 17-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there's a full leather interior, and Chevrolet will provide two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, not to mention a 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Everything you need to know about the Cruze TD is in the press release below, and have a look through our gallery of live photos to see the torquey little Chevy for yourself.
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CHICAGO – Chevrolet is entering the U.S. and Canadian diesel car markets this summer with a 2.0L turbo-diesel version of its hottest-selling sedan, the Cruze, featuring the cleanest diesel passenger car engine General Motors has ever produced.

Clean diesels generate at least 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions when compared to previous-generation diesels.

Built in Lordstown, Ohio, the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel delivers a combination of segment-leading features and efficiency. Based on GM testing, the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel has demonstrated estimated best-in-segment range and 42 mpg on the highway with spirited performance and the durability diesel owners value around the globe.

"Chevrolet has a diverse portfolio of products and technologies to meet the needs of the most discerning customer, whether it's driving across town gas free in a Spark EV or cross-country in a clean turbo diesel," said Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of marketing.

The compact sedan's new 2.0L turbo-diesel engine produces segment-leading estimated 148 horsepower (110 kW) and estimated 258 lb-ft torque (350 Nm) with 0-60 performance of 8.6 seconds, which is better than the Volkswagen Jetta TDI automatic and competitive with German diesel cars that dominate the U.S. market.

Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel's emissions will be below stringent U.S. environmental standards including Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions standards.

"Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel fills an important role in Chevrolet's diverse four-cylinder lineup, and is primed to win over diesel devotees and compact car buyers with its performance, torque and fuel economy," said Perry. "We leveraged engineering expertise from around the globe to develop a world-class, low-emissions engine to give U.S. and Canadian customers a car that's both fun to drive and practical at the pump."

With a starting price at $25,695, including a $810 destination charge (excludes tax, title, license, and dealer fees) Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, 3.20 final drive ratio, 140-amp alternator, 800 cold-cranking amps battery, 17-inch alloy wheels, ultra-low-rolling resistance all-season tires, rear spoiler, Aero Performance Package and leather-appointed seating.

Other standard features include Chevrolet's infotainment system MyLink, a two-year maintenance plan, and a five-year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

"Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel is the most sophisticated passenger car diesel engine GM has ever produced," said Jens Wartha, GM global program manager and chief engineer for the Cruze's diesel engine. "We merged European diesel expertise with the real world driving preferences of North American consumers."

GM has sold nearly 2 million Chevrolet Cruze models globally since it was launched in mid-2010. GM produced more than half a million small diesel-engine carsacross Europe, Asia, Africa and South America last year, including Cruze. In Europe, approximately 40 percent of Cruze models are diesel-powered.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think it's a mistake to have only top-level trim w/ the diesel. Even VW doesn't do that. Not to mention that the traditional market of diesel buyers are buying VW. With GM not offering a hatch, wagon or (gasp) a manual transmission is not setting this up for success. IMHO: Give it a hatch, a manual transmission and a mid-level trim ... I bet Chevy could make the diesel far more affordable thank VW.
      PiCASSO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice job, GM. I'm happy to know that there are options aside from VW. Although I would have preferred a manual transmission, I think I would live the auto.
      futuramautoblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why can't I have a diesel engine in more basic or mid-level trim???
      Ang
      • 1 Year Ago
      First of all, I think they missed a golden opportunity - combining Diesel with their eAssist tech for something truly unique in the marketplace. Second, I think this is the wrong vehicle to roll out a diesel powertrain. Why not start with the Equinox? In that segment, the extra torque will appeal to buyers and it would likely have a much bigger improvement to MPG.
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ang
        I disagree with your first point. Diesel + eAssist would cost too much. THe second point, remember the diesel cruze existed in other countries first. It makes sense this predated a Diesel Equinox.
      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is awesome, I'm glad that SOME American manufacturer put a small diesel in a small car. But here's the thing: why no manual transmission as an option, and why is the MPG only as good as the older powertrain in the Jetta? Still, most of these diesels are underrated, hopefully it'll do well over 50mpg on the highway at reasonable speeds.
        TBN27
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CarCrazy24
        Because more people prefer an automatic over a manual. And do to the fact that GM is sell the Cruze 2.0 TD in such small numbers, a manuals will probably hurt the sales of this model. As an example, looking at VW's Golf and Jetta TDI, more people who take one home have them equipped with an automatic instead of a manual box.
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      The price seems reasonable to me. You are getting a pretty loaded car with 2 years of maintanence included in the price. I suspect that the diesel will hold it's value better as well. I wonder if they will consider this engine in the Equinox.
      PeterScott
      • 1 Year Ago
      You will probably be able to get the new Mazda 6 Diesel for this kind of money and that would be no contest for me.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where is the \'aero kit\'? It looks exactly the same as any other Cruze. By the way, isn\'t the Cruze due for a mid model cosmetic update already? But nonetheless anytime we have more diesel choices, it\'s a great and wonderful thing.
      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the 70s, GM's BeanCounter and Marketing-Salemen-turned CEO converted the gasoline 350CID engine block to diesel without modification. The result was a disaster. The consumers got screwed, again, by GM. Let's see if this 4cy diesel show whether Government Motor has repented for its sins.
        erjhe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Levine Levine
        I've got one of those 5.7 diesel and I can tell you with certainty they modified a lot. The block is much beefier than the gasoline cousin thanks to thicker cylinder walls and more support/webbing around the main bearings. Every major part is made specifically for the diesel with exception of the crank which was basically a 455 crank with 350 rod bearing sized journals. That's specific pistons, rods, block, heads, intake manifold, cam, etc. The downfall of the engine was hardware. To save cost they used the same bolt pattern as the gas engine so the diesel could be built using the same manufacturing equipment. This meant each cylinder had only 4 bolts where most diesels typically have 5 to 6. The bolt hardware was also substandard. In my case, the engine I'm working with had one of the bolt heads snapped off the shank. They also had problems with the main bearing bolts not engaging enough threads in the block. This was later fixed with longer bolts and deeper holes with the DX blocks, but by then the engine was on the chopping block amongst consumers. Couple those shortfalls with mechanics unfamiliar with diesels and the lack of a water separator, and you have the utter failure that this engine was. Trying to compare that engine to what we have today is ridiculous. Chevy already has a great engine with the Duramax, I see no problem with the engine that's coming to the Cruze.
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        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        Where did you read that it\'s 500lb heavier than a cruze Eco? That doesn\'t sound likely.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        SPOILER: this market prefers automatic. This is known fact.
          Rob
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          On gasoline/ hybrid carand SUV/CUV\'s yes that is true. But VW diesels are commonly combined with manuals because most diesel drivers enjoy utilizing the torque of the engines and automatic tranny\'s are not nearly as much fun. I guarantee you nobody rants about how fun a Prius or Corolla is to drive. Bid mistake not to offer a manual option
        my2kchild
        • 1 Year Ago
        It is odd that it's auto only. Diesel VWs with sticks are really popular. The price is more than it should be, but VW does the same thing jacking the price up for some unknown reason. No doubt it'll get better than 42. I usually average 48 on the highway with my 2012 Jetta TDI.
      Ray Blackburn
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a wonderful solution to Americas oil dependance, a nother ICE. Move along, nothing to see here.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ray Blackburn
        SPOILER: electric cars are niche, and will be for the next few decades.
          domingorobusto
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          Lol, we've been developing battery tech for more than 100 years, and we haven't even raised capacity by an order of magnitude, which is what it's going to take again if electric cars are ever going to be mainstream. 10 years? Lol, no way in hell. Maybe in 50 years, maybe. It's all about energy density, and batteries just don't have it like hyrdocarbons. A quick comparison of energy densities: Lithium-ion battery: ~0.9-2.23 MJ/L Gasoline: ~35 MJ/L
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          No, it isn't. They don't have the range of a conventional gasoline or diesel vehicle.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          Spoiler: your view of electric cars is off by about a decade
          Psyclist
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          Lol you really think it will take a few decades to bring battery tech up to comparable levels? small minds achieve small things. Id say within 10 years we have the tech and scale of production to bring this out of the niche and into the mainstream
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they took the top of the line car (already overpriced IMHO) and added the last generation Opel engine with the existing miserable automatic while cutting the trunk by 2 cubic feet. So you end up with a $26,000, 3500 pound COMPACT car with a smaller trunk, louder engine, more expensive fill ups, and more expensive oil changes just for more torque. Well, just remember, this car replaced the Colbalt which had 270lb/ft stock, and 320lb/ft with GM Performance stage 1 cal. um, oops, FAIL! Next bailout in 3-2-1...
        spa2nky1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @m_2012
        The Cobalt had 145lb/ft with the stock 2.2l engine. The turbo SS had 270lb/ft stock, the starting price for the SS eludes me at the moment...
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