General Motors has announced the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will return 46 miles per gallon highway based on Environmental Protection Agency estimates, besting original projections by some 4 mpg. As GM points out, the figure is better than "any non-hybrid passenger car in America," including the Volkswagen Passat TDI at 43 mpg and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI at 42 mpg. The Toyota Prius, meanwhile, still bests the Cruze Diesel thanks to the hybrid's 48 mpg highway rating.

Still, Chevrolet should be proud of its four-door. The car's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 148 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission. Drivers will also enjoy an overboost function that can crank the engine to 280 lb-ft of torque for brief stints. This all means that the Cruze will be able to travel 700 miles on a single tank of fuel, while achieving a 0-60 time of 8.6 seconds. You can check out the full press release below for more information.
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Chevrolet Cruze Diesel 46 MPG Sets Highway Fuel Economy Benchmark

Best Highway Fuel Economy of Any Non-Hybrid Passenger Car in America

Can travel 700 highway miles on single tank


DETROIT – The new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, delivers an industry best EPA-estimated 46 MPG on the highway – better than any non-hybrid passenger car in America. It will be available in certain cities this spring and nationwide and in Canada in early fall.

Equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, the latest addition to the Cruze powertrain family has an estimated range of 700 highway miles on one tank of diesel fuel based on the EPA highway estimate and the vehicle's fuel tank capacity. That's about 10 hours of highway driving.

"We harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market," said Gary Altman, chief engineer, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. "The Cruze Diesel is the best diesel passenger car out there. Chevrolet is redefining the meaning of great fuel economy with this car."

With a starting price of $25,695, including an $810 destination charge, the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is a better value than a similarly equipped VW Jetta TDI automatic. Compared with Jetta, the Cruze Diesel offers standard equipment including the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-appointed seating, a longer five-year 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a two-year maintenance plan.

Cruze Diesel also beats its rivals in performance with a segment-leading estimated 148 horsepower (110 kW) and estimated 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm), and can go 0-60 in about 8.6 seconds. Its advanced 2.0L turbo-diesel engine has an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) for short bursts of stronger acceleration when needed, such as entering freeway traffic.

Cruze Diesel is powered by the cleanest diesel passenger car engine produced by General Motors. The vehicle generates 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions when compared to previous-generation diesels. Chevrolet has sold more than 2 million Cruze models globally since it was launched in mid-2010. More than 33,000 of those were 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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      CarNutMike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. Now the question: will that be reflected in the real world? Is it actually underrated like the TDIs seem to be?
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CarNutMike
        TDI have always had great fuel economy, usually best in class. They used to be low on refinement but VW made great improvements to these engines.
        suthrn2nr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CarNutMike
        given GM\'s track record, 99.9% sure it will not be better than the TDI\'s in the real world.
      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      The current-gen VW TDIs average about 40 MPG COMBINED according to Fuelly. Fuelly is real-world data, not some hokum EPA test. VW has already stated that the upcoming Golf 7 will improve fuel economy by about 15%, so expect 46 COMBINED on future VWs with their new 2.0 TDI. I wouldn't be surprised if the diesel Cruze achieved similar real-world combined numbers, although the chevy is heavier. The point is that diesels typically get near their highway rating in combined driving, and vastly exceed their highway rating on the highway, all while delivering torque equivalent to a much bigger gas engine. Not to mention that the diesel option is basically free if you plan on ever selling the car, since it doesn't depreciate. VW diesels are hot items in the used market.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
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          Carlos Vargas
          • 1 Year Ago
          Physics would like to have a word with you.
          riserburn99andre
          • 1 Year Ago
          Yes physics like aerodynamics? 200 pounds isn't going to break the bank FE wise it is has a good CD
          Camaroman101
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ Carlos Vargas, common.sense2 is right, weight has a much greater impact in city driving with acceleration. at a constant rpm(highway driving) its effects are minimal
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      The big question is, what does that almost 26k dollars get you? Does it start at the LTZ trim?? I would hope its a fully spec'd out model at that price!
        Vinuuz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        I would expect a mid spec Cruze at that price with a diesel motor. You should factor a 1000 - 1500$ premium for the diesel engine.
          thequebecerinfrance
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Vinuuz
          @Kuro yeah, diesel option is always very expensive. You have to be sure you really want it to justify the cost. They are not as smooth as fuel engines and are not as reliable as the older diesels altough I hope they do get there. They are much torquier but less fun (they just don't rev at all and are very high inertia).
          Kuro Houou
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Vinuuz
          Yeah, that's what I expected though. A LTZ starts at 24,360. The 2LT right below the LTZ is a good 1000 less then that even, starting at 23,100. So unless they expect people to pay a 2000-2500 dollar premium for a diesel at this price point they are probably crazy. So I figure its a LTZ + 1500 for the diesel = ~ 25860. The article said it was 25,695, so that's pretty close.
        ChaosphereIX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        at least here in Canada, it is fully loaded
          ChaosphereIX
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ChaosphereIX
          and to add, no it is not an LTZ externally, but it does come with leather, heated seats, etc. etc. So LTZ but without the LTZ looks [aero].
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool. Lets hope this finally banishes memories of the old Oldsmobile 350 diesel to the past, where they belong.
      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Also does it require the use of Urea, or is it good enough like the Mazda diesel tech that it doesn't need that anymore?
        ChaosphereIX
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        yes it uses urea, but that isnt really all that bad - like an oil change but at longer intervals. Next gen probably wont have it.
        rlog100
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        Do you know for a fact that the 2014 Mazda won\'t be switching to urea?
        Mr E
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        no biggie, just take a wizz in your tank every now and then ;)
      CEC
      • 1 Year Ago
      cool!
      CaddyV8
      • 1 Year Ago
      As its been said, diesels usually get real world numbers above or at what the EPA rates them at. Different ball game than a gas or hybrid. The range really impresses me on this car, looking forward to some reviews.
      usa1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great numbers. "Best in class" always sounds good in advertising.
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      GM went ahead and gave people what they asked for a reasonably priced and efficient diesel and what do they do? they gripe that its not a hybrid... sad people
      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice Chevy, I'll definitely be checking this out while shopping for a new car
      William J. Sisco
      • 1 Year Ago
      First of all, I have seen some really nice looking Cruze's and some ugly Cruze's. I think it is a matter of the chosen color and options. The fact GM is willing to come out with the diesel is great news, the thing about diesels is the torque. I have driven Jetta diesels with auto's and the acceleration with the amount of torque is outrageous. The negative is the difference between 42mpg for the eco vs. 46mpg for the diesel is really offset by the high cost of diesel vs. regular gas. Right now it is a 50 cent or more difference per gallon
      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's the pricetag for a diesel w/ 6spd manual ... and what are it's fuel consumption numbers?
        Ryan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Haha Silly goose theres no manual version! big Fail
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