Chevrolet’s 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel coming to Canada, U.S. this summer

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By the time the summer driving season gets into full swing, General MotorsChevrolet brand will be ready to enter the diesel car segment in Canada and the U.S. with a 2.0L turbo-diesel version of its popular Cruze sedan.

And GM is betting that the 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will, as the the newest edition to the brand’s four-cylinder lineup, interest not only consumers who prefer diesel over gas, but also drivers who have a thing for compact cars offering performance, fuel economy and torque.

Chris Perry, vice president of marketing for Chevrolet, said in a statement that the company “leveraged engineering expertise” worldwide to create a “world-class, low-emissions engine” that will provide drivers on both sides of the border with a car that is both a hoot to drive and “practical at the pump.”

The 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel has, based on tests conducted by GM, demonstrated estimated best-in-class range and 42 mpg for highway driving and the ability to go from 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds. According to GM, the sedan’s engine will crank out 148 horsepower and some 258 lb-ft torque. The car’s emissions, moreover, will be below stronger U.S. environmental standards.

The 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will be available at a starting price of $25,695 and will come equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, 140-amp alternator, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, 800 cold-cranking amps battery, 17-inch alloy wheels and more.