2013 Chicago Auto Show: 2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel
2013 Chicago Auto Show
What Is It?
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel
What's Special About It?
The 2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel is Chevy's first diesel passenger car in North America in recent history and it's going head-to-head with a very game Volkswagen Jetta.
Powering the 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel is a German-built 2.0-liter turbodiesel producing 148 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque (280 lb-ft with the 10-second overboost feature). It's hooked to a six-speed automatic turning the front wheels. There is no option for a manual transmission or a dual-clutch unit à la the Volkswagens. And speaking of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel is expected to get the same 42 mpg highway as the Jetta. Chevy did not throw out any predictions for the Cruze's mileage in the city.
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel starts at $25,695 (a full $1,910 more than a Jetta and only $530 less than the larger, 43 mpg 2013 Volkswagen Passat). It's also $6,015 more expensive than the 42 mpg 2013 Cruze Eco.
GM is expecting the Cruze Diesel to work both as an alternative choice for traditional Cruze shoppers and as a stand-alone prospect that will appeal to "enthusiasts" who value "efficiency and performance."
If it's more expensive than its proven German counterparts, what's the draw? Well, Chevy hopes that its as-yet-disclosed "best in segment range" will sway some buyers, as will the Cruze's raft of standard and optional features that includes blind spot and cross-traffic monitoring systems, OnStar, two years of included maintenance (that includes refilling the 17-liter urea tank) and Chevy's MyLink.
What Edmunds Says: The 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel isn't a clear victor in terms of price, performance or efficiency, but it's well optioned and playing for the Home Team. Is that enough?
Base Price: $25,695
Engine: 2.0-liter turbodiesel
Gearbox: Six-speed automatic
Power: 148 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque
Fuel Mileage: 42 highway (est.)