Chevy readies Cruze Eco-D diesel for Chicago reveal

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Good news diesel fans: Chevrolet now joins Honda, Mazda and other carmakers by adding a diesel engine to its upcoming 2014 model year lineup.

Expected later this year, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Eco-D, a model pulled from GM's European lineup, will be the first direct competitor to Volkswagen's near legendary Jetta TDI clean-diesel. It'll soon share the dealer showroom with Chevy's gasoline-powered Cruze Eco, which when fitted with its standard six-speed manual transmission is not only a stingy compact sedan, but rather the most fuel-efficient gas-powered/non-hybrid vehicle sold in North America with a claimed highway rating of 4.6 L/100km, which incidentally is identical to that of the Jetta TDI's.

So why bother with a clean-diesel version? Where the VW TDI beats the Chevy Cruze Eco is in the city where vehicles spend most of their driving time. To that end the Cruze Eco achieves a 7.2 L/100km city rating, whereas the VW Jetta TDI claims city mileage equaling 6.7 L/100km.

No doubt Chevrolet will announce even better city and highway numbers than Volkswagen's TDI when the Cruze Eco-D is revealed at the Chicago auto show next month.
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Topics: Sedan, Chevrolet, 2013, Cruze, $10,000 - $19,999, $20,000 - $29,999, Diesel, Compact,

Geographic location: Chicago

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