If you're craving fuel efficiency and just can't let go of the pumps, then you may be searching for the upcoming 2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, which combines performance and fuel economy.
Nominated for the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Canadian Green Car Award, this car is set to join the growing number of fuel-efficient vehicles on the market, with a goal to increasing the adoption of clean diesel cars in North America.
Getting this car off the mark is a German-built 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine that puts out 148 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and provides an excellent EPA-estimated fuel economy of 5.1 l/100 km or 46 mpg. That power can be shown off by its ability to go 0-60 in about 8.6 seconds, and that torque will feel great on the highway.
Chevrolet designers needed to comply with new and highly-stringent emissions standards for diesel automobiles. By utilizing an advanced exhaust gas recirculation system, selective catalyst reduction, particulate filters and various advanced fuel system components, the 2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will emit 90% less Nitrogen Oxides than earlier models, and have very low particulate emissions. This work directly addresses the stereotype of poorly-maintained diesel cars emitting clouds of noxious black smoke.
In order to achieve the high mileage, Chevy addressed a variety of vehicle weight issues created by the heavier engine, exhaust recirculation system and the 4.5-gallon urea tank for the exhaust treatment. They've also gone to great lengths to manage and reduce the engine movement and noise at idle that is standard with diesel engines and added additional sound dampening to the cabin to create a very pleasurable ride.
In competing head to head with the popular Volkswagen Jetta diesel, Chevy has dressed up the 2014 model with a five-year 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and two-year maintenance plan. They have also added 17-inch alloy wheels, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system and leather seats.
Besides the very attractive centre-mounted infotainment screen, there is little to surprise the seasoned driver. Because this is not a hybrid, there are no extra screen interfaces or functions to learn. That makes this car excellent for those who desire fuel efficiency, but dread a learning curve.
For those who are diesel enthusiasts looking for a solid long-term vehicle, this car is expected to reach Canada by fall of 2013 after a rollout across the US starting this spring. It will carry an MSRP of $25,695, which includes an $810 destination charge.