Chevrolet plans to introduce a diesel-powered version of the Cruze sedan to the American market. If the reports prove true, the Chevrolet Cruze will be the first diesel-powered passenger car to join the GMs North American lineup since 1980. Compact sedan is probably to share the same power-plant used in the Australian version of the Cruze. This vehicle features a 2.0-liter diesel engine producing 147-hp and 235 lb-ft of torque. The American diesel version is reportedly aiming for a 50-mpg highway rating to fulfill increasingly strict requirements of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE).
Chevrolet Cruze diesel will enter the United States market as a 2013 model year. The vehicle will be on sale in late 2012. It is expected that a starting price of the diesel-powered version will be several thousand above the price of the current petrol-powered model, as the diesel power-unit costs more to produce. There are rumours that Chevrolet may propose a high-content level for the Cruze diesel models to compensate the added cost of the diesel engine. More details regarding the compact sedan Chevrolet Cruze will be informed closer to its launch.