2013 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Confirmed

Ever since both General Motors and Chrysler stepped under Chapter 11 protection, Americans became much more interested in fuel efficiency and small cars, finally agreeing to trade-in their large SUVs and pickups. In this context, General Motors seems to be ready for a major step in the company's evolution as it plans to roll out a diesel engine for the Cruze sedan as soon as next year.

GMInsideNews claims that persons from within the Lordstown, Ohio plant where the American manufacturer currently builds the Cruze have confirmed the report, mentioning that the diesel unit could be installed on the 2013 sedan. Sales are expected to begin sometimes in 2012, but no specific details are available yet.

The Cruze, which is currently offered with two gasoline options, is available in Australia with a 2.0-liter diesel configuration that releases 147 horsepower and 235 lb-ft of torque, but a decision on the future Cruze mill is yet to be made.

The sedan in the meantime continues to attract praises from all over the world, becoming a hot seller only months after its local debut. For example, the Cruze was awarded the 2011 Canadian Car of the Year recognition, only three months after it saw daylight in the country.

“We are very proud to receive AJAC’s 2011 Canadian Car of the Year honours for the all-new Chevrolet Cruze, which reflects a major refocusing of investment on smaller vehicles and fuel efficient technologies. The Cruze represents our line in the sand: We’re playing to win – and delivering the goods – in the small car business,” said Kevin Williams, GM of Canada’s president and managing director.
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