Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel unveiled in Chicago
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
With one of the longest, most awkward names attatched to it, the Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will be shown off to the assembled auto press during media days at the Chicago Auto Show.
The long-awaited diesel-powered compact looks promising on paper... it uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with 148 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque available at just 2,000 rpm. Under certain conditions, the engine can provide up to 280 lb-ft for about 10 seconds on 'overboost'... We know all American Cruze diesels will only be available with a six-speed automatic transmission, but we're hoping Canadian versions might offer the six-speed manual sold in other markets.
According to Chevrolet, the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel does the 0-60 mph sprint in 8.6 seconds and will hit 42 mpg (US) on the highway. Emissions exceed Tier 2 Bin 5 standards thanks to technology and filters adapted from the Duramax heavy-duty pickups, which includes a urea-based exhaust treatment. The 17-litre tank lasts at least 16,000 km and is timed to be refilled during your regular oil changes; however, the tank does eat slightly into the trunk space.
Pricing in the United States starts at $25,700, or about $2,600 more than a loaded gas-powered Cruze LTZ or a base Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which obviously is the Chevrolet's biggest target. Here's hoping the Canadian strategy differs by offering a stripper model with cloth seats and fewer features to get it closer to the Jetta TDI's $24,000 (CDN) price tag.
Would you consider a turbo-diesel Chevrolet over a Volkswagen? Would the Cruze TD 2.0 make you a believer or does it just want to make you run even farther from General Motors? Let us know!