The Chevrolet Cruze Diesel will be heading to America as a 2014 model year in 2013, and will feature a 2.0-liter, direct-injected turbodiesel powerplant equipped with the AdBlue urea emission control system.
With all the engineering work that’s required to certify the European diesel engine for sale in North America, it’s expected that Chevy will keep the diesel variant in the Cruze lineup even after it gets its redesign in 2015. And thanks to the urea system, it’ll be compliant with present and future emissions regulations.
The AdBlue urea system is used in conjunction with a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) converter to control oxides of nitrogen diesel emissions. The AdBlue solution consists of 32.5 percent high purity urea diluted in distilled water and found onboard the Cruze diesel in a special, independent tank.
The downfall of the system is that it requires maintenance, which will be handled at dealerships and could be refilled at every oil change. The automaker is still working out the final specifications as to when the system will be refilled.
Performance figures for the Cruze diesel are still unknown, but its European counterpart offers 161 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The American automaker is hard at work to suppress as much noise as possible from the diesel engine, something European car buyers tolerate more readily than their American counterparts.
[Source: Washington Post]