The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze hits dealerships this summer equipped with a 2.0L turborcharged diesel that gets up to 46 MPG on the highway. The engine, designed in Italy and built in Germany, brings European diesel technology to the States in the form of low particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions. The diesel also leaves behind the noisy rattlers of the past, instead offering a quiet purr that’s almost unnoticeable.
Fans of renewable energy will be happy to hear that the Cruze diesel runs on B20, a blended fuel that uses certain crops for 20 percent of the mix. It seems as if the Cruze was designed to appeal to a broad base of buyers, ones that want the ability to use renewable energy, those get great gas mileage and diesel engine lovers.
The diesel engine is widely accepted and used in Europe where gasoline taxes are high, making fuel efficiency a priority among automakers. Diesels are known for their high gas mileage when compared to a gasoline engine, and modern technology makes them run more cleanly than ever before. The combination of turbocharging with the latest in fuel injection takes away the dirty exhaust and smell of the older engines. But will Americans pick up on the advantages of this engine?
As it currently stands, Volkswagen does a brisk business in selling their diesel cars in the U.S. Diesel models accounted fo
r almost 23 percent of Volkswagen sales in March, 2013 alone. There is a distinct set of consumers that are willing to pay the premium for the efficiency and gas mileage of this type of engine. The Chevy Cruze is poised to compete against hybrids and VW, potentially bringing even more awareness of the diesel engine as an alternative to gasoline and electric to the car buying public.