The second generation of the Chevrolet Cruze was recently “caught” in the winter testing. The model would be to start selling the 2014th years, and is believed to be thoroughly camouflaged prototype uses GM’s new D2XX platform.
The above platform is likely to be found in a number of future models of Chevrolet and Opel, including the new generation Opel Astra and Ampera, as well as other models of GM brands, Buick, Cadillac, GMC and Holden. The company claims that the new Cruze will have an improved interior and more efficient engines.
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze arrives with GM’s next-generation 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel joined to a six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel generates 148 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and Chevy estimates the diesel-powered Cruze will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds and return 42 highway mpg.
The diesel Cruze will have its work cut out, though. It targets the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, which returns 30 city mpg and 42 highway mpg. But the fuel-sipping Cruze Eco already returns numbers on par with the TDI, so GM is banking on buyers who value fuel economy and love low-end torque. We’ve briefly driven a European-spec Cruze with the diesel and were impressed with the diesel Cruze’s quiet engine operation and strong power at low rpm.
We expect the 2014 Chevy Cruze diesel to go on sale in the summer of 2013 with a starting price of $25,695. Expect 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery and the MyLink infotainment system to come standard. Check back for more information on the diesel-powered 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.