The 2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel has made its long-awaited U.S. debut. Slated to become the mainstream’s first next-gen diesel sedan to launch in this country, the diesel Cruze took the stage at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show boasting an MSRP of $25,695, an expected EPA mark of 42 mpg highway with an automatic transmission, and a new level of diesel performance tuned specifically to meet the demands of U.S. customers.
Consider: Along with its sterling fuel-efficiency and emissions performance, the engine in the 2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel also offers 148 hp—10 more than with the car’s turbocharged 1.4-liter gas engine—and a robust 258 lb.-ft. of torque—more than 100 beyond what you get in sports cars like the 2013 Scion FR-S. And for a further burst of power, the engine provides a standard overboost feature that can deliver up to 280 lb.-ft. of torque for approximately 10 seconds.
“This Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel represents a new era in diesel performance for American cars,” explained Jens Wartha, GM chief engineer. “We’ve adapted a proven engine from Europe, the world’s diesel capital, and married it with the emissions-reducing technology that was perfected in the United States. It’s a great example of how Chevrolet’s global resources work harmoniously to produce the right product at the right time and for the right market.”