Chevrolet Cruze diesel coming to North America in 2013

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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