The new diesel-powered Chevy Cruze Eco-D will be introduced in February at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
General Motors announced their plans to bring this diesel-powered Chevy to American drivers over a year ago, and began prepping the America public last April (story here). Once the Cruze Eco-D is unveiled at the auto show in Chi-town, plans are that the car will hit dealerships in the second quarter this year.
The 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel has already been sold in other markets around the world, moving about 33,000 units.
Fuel efficiency ratings are only speculative at this point, but rumor has it that the new 2014 Cruze Eco-D could boast up to 50 MPG highway with its 14-gallon tank, topping other similar cars in its class.
European buyers are more of a market for diesel engines, whereas the American auto market has traditionally been known to think of big rigs and tractors when thinking of diesel.
The Cruze Eco-D will be the first modern American car to be sold with a diesel engine aboard, while German automakers Volkswagen, Mercedes and BMW have already offered diesel cars for quite some time.
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee already has an optional 3.0L diesel V6 out this year (story here), and Ford is bringing a diesel option to their Transit van very soon (story here). Mazda plans to offer a diesel engine option for the new Mazda6 soon, as well.