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Chevrolet Cruze Diesel to Debut at 2013 Chicago Auto Show

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Chevrolet just confirmed that it will debut the diesel version of the Cruze compact sedan during the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

General Motors hasn’t exactly been beating the war drum about the oil-burning Cruze’s arrival. Instead, it plans to usher the efficiency-minded sedan into public view during a relatively small auto show before its expected May dealership arrival. That might be because the car won’t really do anything the Cruze Eco doesn’t already; at least not in a big way.

Chevrolet expects the car to get up to 42 mpg on the highway – a figure comparable to the gas-burning Eco model. The biggest difference will be in that the diesel version will boast a great range between gas station stops.

It won’t be the only new diesel sedan on the market this year, though. Mazda will also introduce its new Mazda6 with a diesel engine later in the year. Chevrolet and Mazda won’t be butting heads over their new engines, but it does signify a shift in the North American market, which has traditionally been unfavorable toward diesel cars.

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