Price Update: Chicago Auto Show Unveiling the Chevy Cruze Diesel 2.0 TD
When it comes to diesel, the US has had mix emotions. While a certain generation remembers the clattery, smoky and loud diesels of the 1970s, a newer one will have had a different experience. Diesels have evolved over the decades with Europe’s strong market that has pushed manufacturers to refine them. So is the US ready for diesel? GM seems to think so.
Introducing the Cruze Diesel 2.0 TD. The price of the 2014 Cruze diesel sedan starts at $25,695, including the destination charge of $810, and a two years maintenance plan. Chevrolet is officially pulling the covers on the Cruze 2.0 TD today at the Chicago Auto Show. In a bold move to counter the luxury European brands that have re-introduced diesels with success, GM feels it can convince us with its turbo diesel Cruze. My talk with James Bell, Head Of Consumer Affairs for GM has me convinced the Cruze 2.0 TD might the right car to change your mind. Essentially the 2L diesel is a European engine used with Opel and Vauxhall but has been seriously reworked for the US market that will tolerate the clatter as Europeans would. Conversely, these refinements will go back to Europe to further refine diesels there. To exceed the US market expectation, GM has done much work with the underbody and hood to keep the sound down.