I’m not exactly surprised if I’m to be utterly honest. Even though the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel hasn’t sold too well, GM has got its mojo back thanks to high demand for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon with the Duramax oil burner. Given the circumstances, it's rather clear GM wants to capitalize on the superior mileage of diesel engines, especially now that Volkswagen has waved goodbye to the Clean Diesel in the United States.
In the passenger cars division of the biggest of the Big Three, the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze will be the model that’ll get a diesel. This information has been confirmed when Chevy announced the mileage for the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. Estimated time of arrival? Early 2017, or so we were told by GM.
Nothing is official regarding what’s hiding under the hood of the soon-to-debut 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, though. Most peeps, including me, believe that the oil-burning engine in question is a modified variant of the 1.6 CDTI “Whisper Diesel” from Opel, the European arm of General Motors.
In North American specification, the said turbo diesel powerplant is expected to churn out 136 horsepower and 275 lb-ft. By comparison, the 1.6 CDTI in the Opel Astra is good for up to 160 PS (156 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft).