GM CEO Confirms Diesel Cruze For U.S.
As GMI reported in February, Cruze is getting diesel.
July 22, 2011
By: Nick Saporito
Update: GM has issued a press release confirming that a diesel-powered Cruze will launch in 2013.
Way back in February GMI reported that General Motors was developing a diesel variant of the popular Chevrolet Cruze small sedan. In an interview with USA Today, GM CEO Dan Akerson flat-out confirmed the car and said he has even driven it!
According to the interview, Akerson admitted the car will arrive in 2013. GMI has already reported that the car will be a 2014 model year vehicle.
The CEO even stated that the car drives great and is very quiet. He also stated to expect fuel economy numbers in the low to mid-40's, lower than recent speculation has suggested.
The Cruze diesel has been in development for some time now, with many test mules of the car running around the metro Detroit area.
Cruze Diesel will utilize GM's 2.0-liter diesel that is currently utilized in Europe under the Opel nameplate and the European Cruze also sports the 2.0-liter diesel.
Expect other major changes to the Cruze in the 2014 model year.