Chevy Cruze Eco-D Tipped as Name of New Cruze Diesel Model

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood
2011 Chevrolet Cruze ECO. X11CH_CZ048 (03/28/2010)

When it does go on sale next year Chevy‘s new Cruze Diesel model will reportedly be called the ‘Eco-D’.

While early rumors suggested GM would bill the diesel model as a performance option, due in part to it’s impressive torque, this latest bit of info signifies the automaker will instead promote diesel as a fuel-efficient alternative its gasoline counterpart. Currently Chevy offers a special Cruze Eco gasoline model, capable of achieving 42-mpg on the highway when equipped with a manual transmission. An Eco-D model could offer up to 50-mpg highway as the flagship of the Eco line.

Current diesel-powered Cruze models, like the Australian Holden Cruze, are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine making 160-hp and 265 -lb-ft of torque. Look for the Cruze Eco-D to hit the market in late 2012 as a 2013 model year car.

[Source: GMAuthority]

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Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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  • Mr. Cruze Mr. Cruze on Oct 21, 2011

    The Diesel Cruze will be a great addition to the line-up, I will be buyin one for sure. I already own a 2011 Eco with some upgrades that cost less than $1K and I now get 57 MPG on the highway. I have tuned the Cruze with a well known tuner and added an Intake and Moddified exhaust. When the tune is in ECO mode, the boost is actually lower than factory but still has better performance than factory ever was. When the tune is in SPORT mode, we see increased boost and almost 40% horsepower and 55% torque gains at the crank. In both modes, turbo lag is no more, if GM just tuned the Cruze from the factory at the ECO level of our tune, the EPA numbers would rise and the motor would also see less stress from the lower boost levels. GM did drop the ball when it came to tuning the little 1.4L, it is sad that one guy can fix and issue that multiple engineers could not figure out.

  • Dkmensa Dkmensa on Jan 17, 2012

    Mr. Cruze...tell me more about your tune..where can I get my 2012 eco tuned like yours.