Chevrolet is planning on entering U.S. and Canadian diesel car markets this summer with the brand new 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel vehicle.
GM announced the news in a press release this week. The company revealed that they would be releasing a 2.0L turbo-diesel version of the "hottest-selling sedan" which will feature the cleanest diesel passenger car engine GM has ever manufactured.
"Chevrolet has a diverse portfolio of products and technologies to meet the needs of the most discerning customer, whether it's driving across town gas free in a Spark EV or cross-country in a clean turbo diesel," said Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of marketing in the company press release.
The vehicle will be produced in Lordstown, Ohio.
The sedan's new 2.0L turbo-diesel engine produces an estimated 148 horsepower and 258 lb-ft torque according to the company press release. The vehicle will be able to go 0 to 60 in approximately 8.6 seconds. This makes it faster than the Volkswagen Jetta TDI automatic and comparable with German diesel vehicles that control the U.S. market.
GM has already revealed that the Clean Turbo Diesel model will come with a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and 3.20 final drive ratio. The vehicle will also come with 17-inch alloy wheels, ultra-low-rolling resistance all-season tires according to the press release.
"Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel fills an important role in Chevrolet's diverse four-cylinder lineup, and is primed to win over diesel devotees and compact car buyers with its performance, torque and fuel economy," said Perry in the press release. "We leveraged engineering expertise from around the globe to develop a world-class, low-emissions engine to give U.S. and Canadian customers a car that's both fun to drive and practical at the pump."
The new Cruze model will have a starting price of $25,695 and a destination charge of $810.