As reported in Autoweek this month, General Motors said the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel will deliver an estimated 46 miles per gallon on the highway. This is 4 mpg more than the original target.
The estimate is also good enough to top a rival the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta diesel, which achieves 42 mpg on the highway.
The Cruze’s 2-liter turbo diesel engine produces 148 horsepower. The Cruze diesel, featuring a six-speed automatic transmission, has an estimated range of 700 highway miles. It emits 90 percent less nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions than earlier diesel models, according to GM.
“We were still testing at the time, but wanted to be clear that we would be at or better than Jetta,” a GM spokeswoman said. “The engineering team did a lot of incremental changes to the Cruze diesel from the Eco model to gain efficiency.”
The engine also has an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb-ft for short bursts of faster acceleration when needed, such as entering fast-moving highway traffic.
Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of marketing, “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. 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.”
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