Facts and Figures: Chevrolet debunks Cruze diesel mythsApril 27, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra
Introducing Diesel engines has been a tough task, especially after the horrendous effort in 1980. But things are about to change now. VW, Mercedes, BMW and the rising cost of fuel is taking people back to the diesel burned world.
Ask anyone who runs a diesel burned engine, and he will tell you about the better fuel efficiency and reliability over gasoline engines. Until now, German brands have shared the responsibility of letting America know that the better generation of Diesel fuel engines have arrived, but now Chevrolet also has joined the cause as it prepares to release Cruze Diesel next year.
First of all they start by quoting a survey report from Baum and Associates according to whom the sales of diesel engines run cars will double by the mid-decade. As of now only 3 percent of cars in US are diesel engine based. But on a better note this quarter has seen a 35% rise in sales compared to the same quarter in previous year.
Cruze diesel will get a 2.0 liter four-cylinder unit. No official figures have been revealed but it might give an output of 161 hp and 360 Nm of peak torque. For a manual gearbox the Cruze returned a fuel consumption of 7.3lt/100km in city and 4.2lt/100km on highway and 5.2, while with an automatic transmission we get 8.7lt/100km (27 mpg US) city, 5.0lt/100km (47 mpg US) highway and 6.3lt/100km (37.3 mpg US) combined. These reading are based on Euro standards and will differ for the Cruze coming in US.
GM said in a statement:
“The 2.0L clean turbo diesel engine coming to the Cruze has resolved drawbacks consumers associated with older generation diesel cars, such as excessive engine noise, exhaust soot and smell. Precisely controlled common rail direct-injection fuel systems create a smooth-running engine.”
The company has created a graph showing the 5 myths about diesel engines that are not true anymore. One of the major problems is that Diesel is costlier than Gasoline but in recent times the gap has reduced and for what diesel takes in price makes up for it in its efficiency.
Mike Weidman, Cruze marketing manager, said:
“Small displacement diesel engines could fill an important niche in Chevrolet’s diverse four-cylinder lineup. We recognize this technology’s considerable appeal, particularly with young male car buyers, and we are ready to win them over with quality, torque and fuel economy.”
Let’s see if the tide turns in Cruze’s favor.
Source: Carscoop, Chevrolet