Chevrolet has given a green light to a diesel-powered Cruze compact sedan for the United States. The diesel Cruze is expected to achieve 50mpg on the highway, giving GM a better chance of achieving the upcoming government clamp-down on fuel economy standards. This is a 13mpg improvement over the already-frugal Chevrolet Cruze Eco (pictured).
Although Chevrolet has not officially announced the vehicle yet, inside sources have said the diesel Cruze is approximately two years away. General Motors already sells diesel versions of the Cruze in Europe and Australia (where it is called the Holden Cruze). No official statement from GM has been made, and spokesman Tom Wilkinson declined to comment.
No pricing or horsepower information is available for the diesel Cruze, and although there is no confirmation of a diesel Buick Verano to complement the Cruze, with which is shares a platform, there is speculation. This will be the first time a Buick, or any GM passenger car for that matter, has been offered with a diesel engine since the ill-fated Buick Century diesel back in the mid-1980s.
Source: Automotive News