Quick Look: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Diesel


Chevrolet announced that it would be adding a diesel-engine model to its car line-up and here it is, the 2014 Cruze Clean Diesel. The Cruze is a good-looking vehicle and the clean diesel model is no exception (about the only differences are the subtle 2.0 TD badges...interior pic is from a 2013 model). Chevrolet drew upon its extensive European experience with diesel engines (GM sold more than 400,000 diesel-powered cars globally last year, including 35,000 Cruzes) to develop the US turbo-diesel. The 2.0-liter, four cylinder, clean turbo diesel creates 151 hp and 264 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Cruze Clean Diesel hits 60 in about 8.6 seconds and manages an estimated 46 mpg on the highway. The Cruze Diesel is not a stripper with lots of equipment standard like 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seating, rear spoiler, and an aero performance package with a base price of $25,695 (plus taxes, license, fees, options, destination - $810). To this point, VW has had the clean diesel market to its self but Chevy has countered with a very competitive product. We shall see if US consumers embrace this home-grown oil-burner. I've personally owned diesel-engined cars and have found that actual mileage can often exceed estimates so unlike Hybrids and other gas-fueled vehicles, a clean diesel car should be seriously considered if fuel economy is important to you. I've even noticed that here in California, more stations are carrying diesel fuel and diesel has actually been cheaper than unleaded regular from time to time. Good job, Chevy...

Source: Chevrolet - Press releases (3) additional pics (5), and video after the jump.



Press Release:

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel 46 MPG Sets Highway Fuel Economy Benchmark
  • Best Highway Fuel Economy of Any Non-Hybrid Passenger Car in America
  • Can travel 700 highway miles on single tank
Cruze 2.0L clean turbo-diesel model achieves industry-best EPA-estimated 46 mpg highway and includes:
  • GM’s cleanest diesel engine ever
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes
  • 3.20 final drive ratio axle
  • 140-amp alternator
  • Battery with 800 cold-cranking amps
  • 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels
  • Ultra low-rolling resistance all season tires
  • Rear spoiler
  • Aero performance package
  • Leather-appointed seating
Exterior colors: Red Hot, Rainforest Green Metallic, Tungsten Metallic, Blue Ray Metallic
The new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, delivers an industry best EPA-estimated 46 MPG on the highway – better than any non-hybrid passenger car in America. 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 latest addition to the Cruze powertrain family 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. That’s about 10 hours of highway driving.

“We harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market,” said Gary Altman, chief engineer, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. “The Cruze Diesel is the best diesel passenger car out there. Chevrolet is redefining the meaning of great fuel economy with this car.”

With a starting price of $25,695, including an $810 destination charge, the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is a better value than a similarly equipped VW Jetta TDI automatic. Compared with Jetta, the Cruze Diesel offers standard equipment including the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, larger 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-appointed seating, a longer five-year 100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a two-year maintenance plan.

Cruze Diesel also beats its rivals in performance with a segment-leading estimated 148 horsepower (110 kW) and estimated 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm), 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 (380 Nm) for short bursts of stronger acceleration when needed, such as entering freeway traffic.

Cruze Diesel is powered by the cleanest diesel passenger car engine produced by General Motors. The vehicle generates 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions when compared to previous-generation diesels. Chevrolet has sold more than 2 million Cruze models globally since it was launched in mid-2010. More than 35,000 of those were diesel powered in 2012.


Press Release:
Cruze Diesel Will Build on GM’s Euro Expertise

U.S. engine being co-developed with diesel center of excellence in Torino, Italy


When it came to developing a diesel-powered 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, General Motors powertrain engineers adapted a proven powertrain already used by GM in Europe, where approximately 40 percent of all Cruze models sold feature a diesel engine.

Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, available now in select markets and nationwide and in Canada in late summer, leverages global powertrain expertise that has helped make GM’s fuel-efficient diesel engines popular options around the world.

Cruze Diesel beats its rivals in performance, with a segment-leading, SAE-certified 151 horsepower (113 kW) and 264 lb-ft of torque (358 Nm), and can go from 0-60 in about 8.6 seconds. Its advanced 2.0L turbo-diesel engine produces at least 250 lb-ft of torque (339 Nm) between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm and has an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) for short bursts of stronger acceleration when needed, such as merging onto a busy freeway.

GM sold more than 400,000 diesel-powered cars globally last year, including 35,000 Cruzes.

“The market for diesel cars in the U.S. is small at present, but is expected to grow due to Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirements and expected increases in gas prices,” said Mike Omotoso, powertrain analyst at LMC Automotive. “So far, the German automakers haven’t had any diesel car competition in North America. GM could do well with it, particularly with younger buyers who don’t have the old prejudices against diesel.”

Diesel engines have long been known for their fuel efficiency and power. Due to a higher compression rate in the engine cylinders and greater density of energy in diesel fuel itself, diesel-powered engines are able to produce more power per gallon than gasoline-powered engines.

For Cruze, powertrain engineers at GM’s diesel center of excellence in Torino, Italy, worked daily with counterparts in Pontiac, Mich., to develop a world-class engine that delivers outstanding fuel efficiency and torque while providing a smooth, quiet ride. In addition, GM engineers in Russelsheim, Germany, supported the program by developing the accessory drive, acoustic cover and other specialized components.

Engineers at GM’s Global Powertrain Engineering Development Center in Pontiac designed parts needed to modify the engine to meet U.S. requirements for emissions, fuel economy, diagnostics, altitude and cold and hot starts. They also completed dynamometer development and validation in Pontiac, and conducted vehicle calibration at GM’s Milford Proving Ground.

Future diesel engine development will benefit from GM’s recent commitment to invest 20 million Euros ($25.9 million) to add five new dynamic benches at its Torino facility for climatic, noise and vibration and chassis dynamometer testing. These additions will speed development time.

“U.S. customers are going to be pleasantly surprised when they get a chance to drive the Chevrolet Cruze Diesel,” said Mike Siegrist, 2.0L diesel assistant chief engineer. “Our global team is providing diesel engineering expertise that will give U.S. Cruze customers great quality, torque and fuel economy in a car that’s both fun to drive and practical at the pump.”

Climatic tests simulate temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 degrees Celsius) up to (158F) (70C) and altitudes as high as 10,000 feet (3,000 meters). Noise and vibration tests help minimize engine vibro-acoustic response. Chassis dynamometer tests measure emissions.

“We’re able to put the diesel engines through rigorous testing to ensure they operate optimally under a wide range of conditions and also can be integrated seamlessly into the production vehicle,” said Pierpaolo Antonioli, managing director of the Torino Powertrain and Engineering Center. “We’ve pushed these engines in the labs so that the customer can depend on them in real-world driving situations.”

The latest generation of GM diesels has resolved drawbacks associated with the previous engines. Precisely controlled direct-injection fuel systems create a smooth-running engine. Particulate-capturing filtration systems dramatically reduce tailpipe emissions.

“In terms of outward appearances, the difference between the diesel and gasoline engine is going to be difficult to discern,” Siegrist said. “GM’s advanced technologies provide a seamless transition from a gasoline to a diesel car. You get the benefits of the fuel economy and power while preserving a smooth, quiet ride.”





Press Release:
Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel Delivers Efficient Performance


The all-new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel features an advanced 2.0L clean diesel engine with an automatic transmission that delivers a segment-leading EPA-estimated 46 mpg highway – the best highway fuel economy of any non-hybrid passenger car in America – and a range of 717 miles per tank.

Clean diesels generate at least 90 percent less Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions when compared to previous-generation diesels.

Cruze’s 2.0L turbo-diesel is based on proven architecture used in European models, where approximately 40 percent of all Cruze models sold feature a diesel engine. Collaborating with Italian and German engineering groups, GM’s diesel experts in the United States adapted the engine to accommodate more stringent diesel emission standards and a wider range of driving conditions – including colder climates and higher altitudes – for the United States and Canada.

“This Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel represents a new era in diesel performance for American cars,” said Italy-based Jens Wartha, 2.0L turbo diesel chief engineer. “We’ve adapted a proven engine from Europe, the world’s diesel capital, and married it with the emissions-reducing technology that was perfected in the United States. It’s a great example of how Chevrolet’s global resources work harmoniously to produce the right product at the right time and for the right market.”

Cruze Diesel beats its rivals in performance, with a segment-leading, SAE-certified 151 horsepower (113 kW) and 264 lb-ft of torque (358 Nm), and can go from 0-60 in about 8.6 seconds. Its advanced 2.0L turbo-diesel engine produces at least 250 lb-ft of torque (339 Nm) between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm and has an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb-ft (380 Nm) for short bursts of stronger acceleration when needed, such as merging onto a busy freeway.

“With the benefit of continuous refinement in other markets, the 2.0L turbo-diesel comes to the United States and Canada with performance that will impress,” said U.S.-based Mike Siegrist, 2.0L turbo diesel assistant chief engineer. “It is powerful, efficient and clean. It will change perceptions of what a diesel car can be while giving customers another fuel-efficient choice in the Cruze lineup.”

Cruze models in the United States and Canada offer a 1.4L turbo, a 1.4L Eco model and 1.8L naturally aspirated engine.

The 2.0L turbo-diesel engine provides greater fuel economy than a comparably sized gasoline engine through greater thermal efficiency, a higher compression ratio and an unthrottled combustion process. It features an iron cylinder block and a forged steel crankshaft, each designed to stand up to the greater cylinder pressures that come with a turbo-diesel engine.

A lightweight aluminum cylinder head and aluminum intake manifold contribute to the engine’s weight of 408 pounds (185 kg), helping the Cruze Diesel’s handling and ride characteristics. Additional highlights include:
  • Dual overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters with low-friction roller-finger followers
  • Quiet belt-driven cams/valvetrain with high-strength belt material and tensioner rated for 100,000 miles
  • High-strength aluminum pistons with reinforced top ring and integral combustion bowl design
  • Central direct injection, with the injector positioned in the middle of the cylinder, with the bowl in the piston serving as the combustion chamber. This enables a high 16.5:1 compression ratio that enhances power and combustion efficiency
  • Variable-swirl intake manifold design, which makes the most of air charge mixture motion in the cylinders for a more-efficient combustion that enhances performance and reduces emissions
  • Common-rail fuel system with Piezo fuel injectors that create multiple injections per combustion for greater performance, combustion efficiency and quietness
  • Variable-nozzle turbocharger that broadens the engine’s overall torque curve. It is mounted close to the exhaust outlet of the engine for quicker “spool up” of the turbine and faster “light off” of the exhaust catalyst
  • Intercooling system produces a cooler, denser air charge for greater torque and power
  • Piston oil jets that help reduce friction and optimize piston temperature for greater performance and efficiency
  • Turbocharger bearings are oil-lubricated and cooled via an oil cooler
  • Variable-displacement oil pump helps save fuel by optimizing the oil pressure, which reduces friction
  • Vacuum pump designed for lower engine friction
  • Ceramic glow plugs, which provide greater cold-start performance over conventional metal glow plugs (an engine oil heater is offered for cold climates)
  • B20 bio-diesel compatibility.
Quiet, smooth performance is enabled by a number of features on and around the engine. There are also sound-absorbing features, specific to the Cruze diesel, including a unique dash mat, hood blanket and more.

A precise exhaust gas recirculation control system features a high-capacity cooler and bypass feature that enable the engine to meet U.S. and Canadian diesel emissions regulations. There is also an exhaust after-treatment system similar to what is used on Chevrolet’s heavy-duty trucks and vans equipped with the Duramax diesel, including a diesel particulate filter and diesel emission fluid injection, that helps make the 2.0L the cleanest diesel passenger car engine ever from GM.

An approximately 4.5-gallon (17 liters) tank in the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel holds enough diesel emissions fluid to provide at least 10,000 miles (16,000 km) of driving between refills.

Chevrolet has sold more than 2 million Cruze models globally since it was launched in mid-2010. More than 35,000 of those sold last year were diesel powered.

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