The desire for more diesel vehicles on American roads has become a popular talking point among automotive enthusiasts. We hear about the super-efficient, high performance oil burners cruising all over Europe and don't see any reason that they couldn't work here. After all, their high torque figures and great range would seem like a perfect match for US roads, even if their fuel is generally more expensive than gasoline. It looks like General Motors might be listening, though. Steve Kiefer, the automaker's vice president of global powertrain hinted this week that more diesels could be on the way.

"The Chevrolet Cruze diesel will be the first of many diesel-powered passenger cars General Motors will offer in the United States," said Kiefer in a speech during the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI, according to Automotive News. "We will continue to introduce more diesels as appropriate and as the market accepts them." In his remarks, he also went on to predict that oil-burning passenger vehicles will occupy 10 percent of the US auto market by 2020.

Kiefer's statement is pretty unequivocal, but what does it really mean? Across its brands, GM's current diesel lineup is pretty skimpy. There's just the Cruze Diesel and the Duramax V8s in its larger trucks. Of course, the diesel Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon are on the way with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder, but it's not exactly clear when those midsize pickups will be in showrooms. That still leaves a lot of room to grow somewhere.

Where would you like to see more diesels in the future GM lineup? A crossover could be a good fit with the popularity of that segment or an Impala with one of Opel's top-spec oil-burners from Europe could be a ton of fun, though we have our concerns about how well they would actually sell. Let us know what you think might be a good fit for GM in Comments.


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      brent
      • 4 Months Ago
      diesel in the Tahoe and Suburban please!! get it up close to 30mpg hyw.
      Matt
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'd buy a Lambda (Traverse/Acadia/Enclave) with the 2.8L diesel. The market is starved for fuel-efficient 3-row crossovers.
        Dean Hammond
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Matt
        makes you wonder why doesnt it?...probably cost and the inability for two row diesel SUVs to garner any sales of significance....
        Dean Hammond
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Matt
        and yet Jeeps entries failed miserably....
          Winnie Jenkems
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Jeep charges far to much of a premium for its diesel options
          Matt
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Jeep doesn't sell a 3-row crossover, diesel or not.
          JaredN
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Dean: I think the problem is the premium Jeep is charging for their diesel engines.
          Dean Hammond
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Matt, Im referring to just their SUVs...three row or not they are dying on the vine. And thats probably why they havent put the drivetrain in the Durango....
          Justin Campanale
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Dean Hammond

          It's too early to tell how Jeep's diesel offerings will do.

        Boyd
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Matt
        I agree, but I would prefer a Voltec type of platform with a diesel generator.
          scraejtp
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Boyd
          @Matt I agree it would be too complicated and expensive. Not only that, but I don't think the diesel would fare as well with the start/stop implementation of the Voltec range extender. If the engine ran longer, instead of maintaining current load and shutting off at each light load event, the diesel may work better. You'd hope emissions requirements could be relaxed as the engine will still hardly run. If so a non-SCR disel engine, only EGR and DOC/DPF would be enough. Even still the cost would be too high, and heavy.
          Matt
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Boyd
          Would weigh like 3 tons. Diesel emissions equipment is heavy enough, then you add batteries, motors, etc...
      Atlanta Guy
      • 4 Months Ago
      I'd buy a diesel Equinox in a heartbeat. (of america?) A diesel Lambda would get me too, if not outrageously priced like the Grand Cherokee diesel.
      Dean Hammond
      • 4 Months Ago
      demand and sales #s will make the final call, anyone have any insight into how well the Cruze diesel is selling?....
      psarquis
      • 4 Months Ago

      Great news!  I'll take a 30 MPG HWY Tahoe or reborn Blazer based on upcoming Colorado truck!

      Winnie Jenkems
      • 4 Months Ago

      Half ton pickups. Also Suburban/Yukon, etc.

      Dano
      • 4 Months Ago

      I would really like an all wheel drive diesel sports sedan.  This seems to be something very hard to find in the U.S.  Add a manual transmission and I'll be at the door the day they release.

      Paul P.
      • 4 Months Ago

      Tahoe/Suburban diesel would be great, especially if they ever bring back the 2500 Suburban.

      Really
      • 4 Months Ago
      The new VW 2.0 diesel is going to kill GM because the Cruze diesel is way overpriced. The new VW is going to be in the low $20's and the Cruze is over $25K and your stuck with pleather in the Cruze too!
        142s_LS
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Really
        Actually it's pleather in the Jetta, the Cruze is real leather.....
        whelaniii
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Really

        I have a 2011 VW tdi sportwagon, I love it 43,000 miles on it no problem 40-50 MPG, lowest was 38mpg with sears carrie all on roof and back loaded doing 75-80 on highway

        Really
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Really
        In fact we just had a friend by a new Value Edition Jetta TDI for high $19's with DSG (a $1000 option), so it could have been in the $18's.
          Dean Hammond
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Really
          I'll take that # with a grain of salt, if however it was true, I hope like hell they spent the savings on the most enveloping extended warranty they could.....
      MarkB
      • 4 Months Ago

      My current car is a diesel (a VW) and my NEXT car will be a diesel.  I need a small truck or a small suv diesel.  If GM makes one, I'd certainly consider it.   Right now the Colorado diesel and the BMW X3 Diesel are in my sights, but not yet on the lots.   

      The LaGuardia's
      • 4 Months Ago

      The Chevy Cruze Diesel is a fantastic car. It's well built, quiet inside, and drives superbly on the highway. With its high torque it climbs hills without having to downshift. I was considering a comparably equipped Jetta TDI, but it would have cost me a lot  more per month to lease. Sales are low probably because GM has done a horrible job of advertising it. I don't understand why because more people like me, who are considering a diesel, would get this car. It's a winner. 

        whelaniii
        • 1 Month Ago
        @The LaGuardia's

        One bad thing GM did was not to offer it in a small wagon, like the VW sportwagon,I needed more room and went with the VW

      Proghog
      • 4 Months Ago

      I would say the Tahoe and Suburban, and bring back the Trailblazer and put one in that. Maybe even put a 2.0 in the Caddies. 

      Something needs to be done about the cost of diesel in this country. There is no reason it should cost more than premium gasoline. 

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