Rumors of the 2013 Chevy Cruze Diesel coming to America with an automatic transmission begin to seem true.
There are details swirling out of GM about the diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan set to return up to 50 mpg and will be more powerful than the 42 mpg gasoline-powered Cruze Eco model. According to Ward's Auto, the Cruze diesel will use the same 2.0-liter turbodiesel inline-four engine that is already on sale for the European market and is also quite popular there. The engine produces an output of 163hp and 265 lb-ft of torque.
The Cruze Eco is powered by a 1.4-liter inline-four engine that delivers an output of 138hp and 148 lb-ft of torque with an automatic or six-speed manual transmission options. If the Chevy Cruze diesel is more powerful and more efficient than the Eco version, it could be a huge success for drivers looking to save at the pump. The diesel will reportedly be mated to an automatic transmission as well. The Cruze diesel would also help Chevy stay competitive in the small car marketplace.