Latching on the popularity of its best-selling sedan, Chevrolet has introduced a clean turbo diesel version of the Cruze at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The unveiling marks the Detroit automaker’s entrance into the North American diesel market.
Chevy’s parent company, General Motors, is no stranger to the consumer diesel market. The American automaker produced more than half a million small diesel-engine cars in the international market last year. With the Clean Turbo Diesel (CTD) Cruze, GM is hoping for a second sales success.
The 2014 Chevrolet CTD Cruze houses a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel engine, which pushes out an estimated 258 lb.-ft. of torque and races from 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds. These specs, boasts Chevy, outperform the popular Volkswagen Jetta TDI automatic – the CTD Cruze’s main competitor. The car’s fuel efficiency is impressive, pushing out an estimated 42 mpg highway, while remaining well below the EPA’s Tier 2 Bin 5 emission standards.
With the addition of the Clean Turbo Diesel Cruze, Chevy is broadening its expanding fuel-efficient fleet, which also includes the popular Volt and the swift Sonic.
“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 Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of marketing. “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.”
Other features on the CTD Cruze include a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels, the Aero performance package, ultra-low-rolling resistance all-season tires, rear spoiler, and leather-appointed seating.
The Clean Turbo Diesel Cruze is going for $25,695 MSRP, which is $8,500 over the price of the current Cruze (reviewed here). Whether or not diesel-dominating German automakers should be worried remains to be seen. However, if the CTD Cruze can repeat the magic it wove with the original Cruze, a domestic diesel dictator may emerge.