GM is testing the waters — conservatively — in the diesel passenger car market with the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel. In doing so, the company is re-entering a market space it hasn’t occupied in nearly 30 years, and faces only only the Volkswagen Jetta TDI here as a competitor here in America. Pending the success of the Cruze Diesel, we may see more Chevrolet models sporting a diesel powertrain.
Last weekend, Motor Trend voiced the question as to whether or not America may see such an offering with the restyled 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. The short answer is that it’s possible, but the market has to show demand for a diesel vehicle — namely, the Cruze Diesel first — before such an engine is offered.
Would you welcome a Malibu diesel?