Although it provided few other details, Chevrolet has now confirmed that its popular Cruze compact sedan will be available in the North American market with a diesel engine starting sometime in calendar year 2013. This nascent addition to the lineup will offer substantially better mileage numbers than the current Cruze Eco, which carries a 42 mpg highway rating from the EPA and is currently the most fuel-efficient gas-powered/non-hybrid vehicle sold in the U.S. Rumor has it that the new Cruze diesel would be shooting for about a 50-mpg rating.

While powertrain specifics on the North American Chevrolet Cruze diesel won't be divulged until a later date, it's expected to use a federalized version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel fitted to the car in Europe. That engine makes 148 horses and 236 lb-ft of torque, quite sufficient to comfortably handle the demands of both manual and automatic transmissions.

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