42 mpgUS with the 6-speed AT.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Feb. 6, 2013
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel (TD) - $25,695 USD including destination, handling, and two-year maintenance plan.
Just hours before the official opening of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show Press Days, GM released the final specs on its much anticipated 2.0L turbo diesel equipped Cruze. This summer the Cruze will host the cleanest turbo diesel passenger car engine General Motors has ever produced.
Built at the same in Lordstown, Ohio manufacturing facility as the current Cruze, the 2014 Cruze Turbo Diesel delivers a combination of segment-leading features and that ever present 46 mpgUS highway rating with an automatic
The Cruze compact sedan’s new 2.0L turbo-diesel is based on proven architecture already used in European models, where approximately 40 percent of all Cruze models sold feature a diesel engine. The 2.0L turbo-diesel engine produces an estimated 148 hp and whopping 258 lb-ft of torque providing a 0-60 time of just of 8.6 seconds. Peak torque is achieved at 2,000 rpm while the engine has an overboost feature capable of increasing torque to an estimated 280 lb-ft for approximately 10 seconds.
The Chevrolet Cruze TD arrives with a six-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, 3.20 final drive ratio, 140-amp alternator, 800 cold-cranking amps battery, 17-in alloys, ultra-low-rolling resistance all-season tires, rear spoiler, Aero Performance Package and leather-appointed seating.
Other standard features include Chevrolet’s infotainment system MyLink, a two-year maintenance plan, and a five-year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
A lightweight aluminum cylinder head and aluminum intake manifold contribute to the engine’s comparatively low weight of 408 pounds.
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 optimizes 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 torque curve, particularly at low rpm, and supports greater high-rpm horsepower. 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 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 performance is enabled by a number of features on and around the engine. There are also sound-absorbing features added to the Cruze diesel itself including a unique dash mat, hood blanket and more.
An exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) control system features a high-capacity cooler and bypass feature that enable the engine to meet US and Canada’s tough diesel emissions regulations. There is also a Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) that includes a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and urea (Diesel Exhaust Fluid or DEF) injection that helps make the 2.0L the cleanest diesel passenger car engine ever provided from GM.
An approximately 4.5-gallon DEF tank in the Cruze TD holds enough fluid to provide at least 10,000 miles of driving between refills. The system is also designed for servicing to coincide with oil changes, for greater convenience.
Now let’s compare the Chevrolet Cruze turbo diesel against its only competitor, the Volkswagen Jetta TDI.
2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0L TD Specifications
|Attribute||2014 Cruze TD with the 6-speed AT||2013 Jetta TDI with the 6-speed DSG AT|
Torque (lb-ft)||258 with peak of 280||236|
mpgUS highway||est. 42||42 |
Turning circle (ft)||35.7||36.4|
Acceleration performance: 0 – 60 mph (sec)||8.6||9.1|
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Overall length (in)||181||182.2|
Overall width (in)||70.7||70.0|
Overall height (in)||58.1||57.2|
Leg room front/rear (in)||42.3/35.4||41.2/38.1|
Curb weight (lb)||3475||3,162|
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Passenger volume (cu ft) ||94.6||92.4|
Cargo volume (cu ft)||13.3||15.5|
Fuel capacity (gal)||15.6||14.5|