Diesel Chevrolet Cruze Given Green Light?
The Chevrolet Cruze is the savior small car for General Motors for numerous reasons. First, it’s a step forward over the Cobalt in the same way the Apollo spacecraft is a leap over a propeller plane. Secondly, while creating a better machine than the Cobalt could be done by a nine-year old, the Cruze is actually a good car and worth the praise it has received.
Yet, where the Chevrolet Cruze currently fails is in the diesel department, something that might not have mattered years ago, but with the Germans continuing their diesel onslaught on the United States, GM needs to respond. Now, it seems they have.
According to GM Inside News, General Motors has given the green light to the Chevrolet Cruze diesel. Sources at the Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, the site in which the sedan is built, have confirmed that the diesel Cruze will be built for 2013.
Members of General Motors’ engineering team also confirmed the Chevrolet Cruze diesel and production is set to begin at some point next year.
There is a rumor going around that states GM is currently testing the Cruze diesel around the Detroit area, but seeing as how nobody has seen it, it’s hard to confirm such a rumor.
The Chevrolet Cruze diesel will pack GM’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This is the same motor that is used in the Holden Cruze CDX, which produces 147 horsepower and 235 pound-feet torque. The Holden also manages to get 34 miles per gallon combined.
With GM readying the diesel Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen better be on the lookout as their new Jetta TDI is merely average and could be GM’s target in their marketing campaigns. We all know that GM isn’t afraid to attack its competition on the advertising battleground.
[GM Inside News]