The recently-confirmed-for-North America Chevy Cruze Diesel may end up wearing the Eco-D nomenclature, according to GM Authority sources familiar with the project. The Eco designation implies that General Motors is positioning the diesel-powered Cruze as a highly fuel-efficient model rather than a high(er)-performance model, with sources telling us that 50 MPG or higher is the goal for engineers.
The turbo-diesel Cruze is expected to launch late in 2012 as a 2013 model year with a 2.0-liter common rail diesel. The Holden Cruze is currently the only Cruze available with a diesel powerplant. In that model, the engine makes 160 horsepower and a healthy 265 lb.-ft. of torque.