Chevy Cruze Diesel Coming to America Next Year

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood
2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ. X11CH_CZ076 (07/25/2010)

Chevrolet will begin selling a diesel version of its new Cruze compact sedan starting in 2012. Currently the car is available with two gasoline engines, but according to GMInsideNews, sources at the Lordstown, Ohio plant that builds the car are confirming the diesel model will arrive for the 2013 model year, with sales starting some time in 2012.

The Australian version of the Cruze (which is sold under the Holden brand) uses a 2.0-liter diesel engine making 147-hp and 235 lb-ft of torque, delivering a combined 34-mpg rating. It is not yet clear, however, if that same engine will be offered here.

Back in September GM first announced it would sell a diesel on U.S. soil, marking the first time since the 1980s that a diesel powered passenger car would be offered in GM’s lineup. At that time there was speculation that the Buick Regal would receive the diesel engine as it’s European counterpart, the Opel Insignia is already offered with a choice of several diesel powerplants including a twin-turbo 2.0-liter CDTi Ecotec motor making 190-hp and 300 ft-lbs of torque.

[Source: GMI]

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  • Scot Scot on Oct 14, 2011

    It`s about time GM offered diesel car`s in the U.S, other country`s enjoy getting better fuel mileage than we do it`s high time we did the same.Besides electric car`s are`nt a bad idea but why put the cart ahead of he horse? We must have the chargeing station`s they will need built first.Another idea would be to equip diesel`s with electrical outlet`s, to allow diesel`s to charge the car`s via an electric power cord if they run low.

  • Bear Bear on Dec 14, 2011

    Scot, you will be happy to know that the GM plant here in Parma, OH I work at has installed 12 electric charging stations for recharging while we're on our shift, standing behind the commitment for clean energy. Plenty of employees drive 40+ miles to work, the approximate time the batteries last on a charge, facilitating those who wish to "go green" to be able to come and go from work with little, if any, gas/diesel use. I also support the diesel hybrid combo. power per gallon cant be beat and allowing biodiesel to, hopefully, soon be widely available! talk about carbon footprint... cant think of a more realistic, closest to development idea. Kudos to GM (not perfect, but a good start...) cant wait for the diesel hybrid Cruze to become available next year!