Chevrolet is doing something they have not done for more than 28 years – offer a diesel engine in a passenger car. While the turbo diesel powered version of the popular Cruze may not look any different from the outside, it is what is under the hood that makes this affordable, yet spacious, compact stand out. Diesel technology has come a long way from the chugging, smoke-billowing cars of the past many people remember. Chevrolet s out to prove that diesel engines are not just for semi-trucks and emergency vehicles anymore, they can give today’s passenger cars an edge in fuel economy too.
So if diesel engines are so efficient, why are they so uncommon? If you look at the biggest user of diesel power, semi-trucks, this question is much easier to answer. Unlike your fuel-efficient gasoline powered vehicle designed to get great gas mileage for short trips around town, diesel engines are at home on long hauls at highway speeds. Now this does not mean that the Cruze diesel mpg suffers in city driving, but is at its most efficient on longer drives at higher speeds. The Cruze diesel with its 140 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo diesel actually has the same combined EPA estimated mpg of 33 as the 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline-powered version, but it is the 46 mpg highway that is the most impressive.
The interior of the Cruze may not look much different either, but its quiet cabin seems to keep out almost all of the diesel “chatter” from the engine. It is also only available with an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission instead of the typical standard transmission one normally finds paired with a diesel engine. While this lessens the power of initial acceleration when taking off from a complete stop, it does make long distance and highway driving much more economical. Again, this makes the Cruze diesel a good choice for those that do more long distance or highway driving as opposed to those who rarely have the need to drive faster than 35 mph. As expected, the diesel version of the Cruze will cost more than the gasoline-powered version, but for those with long daily commutes or those that travel as part of their job, the Cruze diesel is a great option.
The Cruze diesel will not be arriving at dealerships until later this year, but if it sounds like a car that will fit your needs, we can keep you in the loop. You can visit our website at www.PermianChevrolet.com or visit us in person at 800 N Turner Street in Hobbs, New Mexico. Please let us know you are interested in the Cruze diesel so we can have one ready for you to test drive as soon as they arrive! No matter what type of car, truck or SUV you are looking for, Permian can help you find the right one for you.