Advances in the composition of diesel fuel and in engine technology have made diesel vehicles a real “green” alternative.
GM just reported that the new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, delivers an industry-best EPA-estimated 46 MPG on the highway, which is better than any non-hybrid passenger car in America, GM officials said. It will be available in certain cities this spring and nationwide and in Canada in early fall.
Equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, the Cruze Diesel has an estimated range of 700 highway miles on one tank of diesel fuel based on the EPA highway estimate and the vehicle’s fuel tank capacity.
With a starting price of $25,695, including an $810 destination charge, the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel offers great value. The Cruze Diesel standard equipment includes the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-appointed seating, a longer fiveyear 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a two-year maintenance plan. Cruze Diesel also does well in performance, with a segment-leading estimated 148 horsepower and estimated 258 lb.-ft. of torque, and can go 0- 60 in about 8.6 seconds. Its advanced 2.0L turbo-diesel engine has an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb.-ft. for short bursts of stronger acceleration when needed, such as entering freeway traffic.
Chevrolet has sold more than 2 million Cruze models globally since it was launched in mid- 2010. More than 33,000 of those were diesel powered.
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