Chevrolet seemingly has beat everyone at a game it has perhaps less experience in: diesel powered passenger vehicles. It even has surpassed the mileage from a new diesel-powered Volkswagen Jetta, which has long been among the most fuel efficient diesel vehicles available.
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze delivers an impressive 46 MPG highway, which according to GM is better than any non-hybrid current only the road. GM expects first deliveries to take place this spring in select cities before rolling availability out nationwide this fall.
Chevrolet mates the 2.0l turbo-diesel engine in the Cruze to a six-speed automatic transmission with a starting price of under $26k, a better value than VW's Jetta TDI automatic, plus GM offers the Cruze with a five year, 100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty and two years of maintenance.
The Cruze will pack some punch, too. GM estimates it the powerplant will yield 148 horsepower, but an intense 258lb-ft of torque, and will do 0-60mph in 8.6 seconds. Chevrolet also says the engine will contain an overboost feature to increase torque to 280lb-ft for short periods of time when stronger acceleration is needed, such as merging with higher speed traffic.
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