Chevrolet produces about half a million small diesel engines annually, but the vast majority of these are for foreign markets, including the diesel-loving European market. The domestic diesel market is changing, though, with the announcement that the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze will be available with a 2.0L clean diesel engine.

Introducing the clean diesel to American-sold Cruze models is a logical step for Chevrolet. About 40 percent of Cruze models sold in Europe are equipped with a clean diesel engine.  

“This Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel represents a new era in diesel performance for American cars,” said Jens Wartha, GM chief engineer. “We’ve adapted a proven engine from Europe, the world’s diesel capital, and married it with the emissions-reducing technology that was perfected in the United States. It’s a great example of how Chevrolet’s global resources work harmoniously to produce the right product at the right time and for the right market.”

The new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze turbo-diesel model, which starts at $25,695, will achieve approximately 42 miles per gallon on the highway. The engine delivers 148 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, with peak torque achieved at only 2,000 rpm. The low rpm peak torque setting provides drivers with more power on demand, which is ideal for entering freeways and passing other vehicles.

Other features available on the new clean diesel Cruze include:

  • Additional sound-absorption materials including a new dash mat and hood blanket
  • An exhaust gas recirculation control system, which improves tailpipe emissions
  • B20 biodiesel compatibility
Since its release, the Chevrolet Cruze has received praise for its fuel efficiency. In May 2010, MNN automotive blogger Jim Motavalli called the Cruze his “car of the year” and praised the vehicle’s non-hybrid 40-mpg fuel economy. Chevrolet is now upping the ante with the addition of the clean diesel model to its domestic Chevrolet Cruze lineup.