Chevy's Cruze Diesel Ready to Vie for Buyers
First shown at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, the Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel is arriving at Chicagoland Chevy showrooms shortly with a sticker price of about $25,695. The Cruze Turbo Diesel is Chevrolet's first-ever small-car diesel and the first passenger-car diesel General Motors has sold in the U.S. in the past three decades.
In case you haven't noticed, small is in. In fact, the small car segment has grown more than 250 percent since 2010 - no doubt thanks to rising gas prices. Based on the best-selling Cruze, the Turbo Diesel competes most directly with the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, but with an EPA 46 mpg highway rating, Chevrolet claims its offering is the most fuel efficient non-hybrid passenger car sold in the U.S. In addition, Chevrolet boasts that Cruze Diesel can sprint from 0 to 60 in about 8.6 seconds - half a second faster than its chief competitor.
Cruze Diesel's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine produces 151 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. In addition, it offers an over boost mode that's available for up to 10 seconds and raises torque to 280. The oil-burning engine mates to a six-speed automatic transmission, drives the front wheels and offers a whopping 717 miles of range on one tank of fuel.
Cruze Turbo Diesel is only available in the 2LT trim level and includes two year's free scheduled maintenance. Part of that maintenance includes topping off the diesel emission fluid tank located in the trunk. This fluid is injected into the fuel and is designed to help Cruze Diesel be General Motors cleanest diesel ever.
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