OSHAWA, Ont.—General Motors’ first foray into the North American diesel car segment in nearly 30 years gets top marks for highway fuel efficiency, according to the automaker.
The new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel delivers an industry best 4.2 litres/100km on the highway—better than any non-hybrid passenger car in Canada, GM says.
It will be available across Canada this spring.
“We harnessed generations of diesel expertise to adapt our world-class global engine for the North American market,” Gary Altman, the car’s chief engineer, said in a statement.
With a starting price of $24,945, the diesel variant of the Cruze is set to compete with Volkswagen’s long-standing diesel Jetta sedan.
The 2.0L turbo-diesel engine in the Cruze offers a segment-leading estimated 148 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque (350 Nm), and hits 0-60 mph in about 8.6 seconds, the automaker claims.