Ready for a regional launch this spring and a national rollout in the fall, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0TD turbodiesel will arrive in showrooms with even better EPA marks than the automaker originally projected. Chevy has announced that the newest and most fuel-frugal member of its Cruze family will deliver an estimated 46 mpg in highway mode -- a stat that would stand as the new benchmark for any non-hybrid passenger car sold in America. It also will serve up 27 mpg in the city, for a combined figure of 33 mpg.

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Equipped with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2014 Cruze 2.0TD will be able to travel up to 700 miles on a single tank of diesel. Its 4-cylinder engine, which also happens to be the cleanest passenger diesel ever produced by GM, makes 148 horsepower but a heady 258 lb-ft of torque that helps the Cruze 2.0TD sprint from 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds.

Better still, an additional overboost feature can up its peak twist figure to 280 lb-ft for short periods of time to better facilitate more demanding dynamic situations like passing maneuvers or freeway merging.

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Beyond outstanding fuel efficiency, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze will offer exceptional value. Its $25,695 base price includes a host of premium features from leather upholstery and Chevrolet MyLink to an Aero Performance Package, 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in ultra-low-rolling-resistance tires and two years of included maintenance.


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