1. It’s The Only Diesel-Powered Compact Car From A U.S. Automaker In The Domestic Market
If it wasn’t for the Volkswagen Jetta TDI, there wouldn’t be any direct competition for the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0TD. The specs already do a lot of talking in terms of how it stacks up against the offering from Wolfsburg (or should we say Mexico?), and it all looks very promising, especially given that the Cruze has an edge in horsepower, and torque, while tying the Jetta TDI in highway fuel economy. It’s also bio-diesel compatible. But hopefully buyers won’t be turned away by the mandatory DEF system.
With preliminary engine ratings of 148 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque (280 pound-feet during the 10-second overboost function), the Cruze TD offers 110 more pound-feet of twisting force than the Cruze 1.4L turbo. Anybody who has ever performed a passing maneuver on the road knows that torque is important. The torque also propels the Cruze TD from 0-60 MPH in “well under nine seconds.” Should make for an interesting commute to work and back.
3. More Potent Driving Dynamics
Sure, it’s heavier. And sure, it’s only going to have an automatic transmission when it launches. But the standard Cruze is already a competent sedan when it comes to ride and handling, and the added punch of up to 280 pound-feet of torque in a compact car has us grinning. Cruze TD engineers also inform us that the suspension system has been uniquely calibrated to give the vehicle a character of its own, one that may be described as an enthusiast’s choice.
4. The Range
GM is still mum on the official range of the Chevy Cruze TD between fuel refills, but it will undoubtedly have the greatest longevity of all Cruze models. Knowing the estimated highway MPG range and the size of the fuel tank, simple math tells us that drivers will be able to get close to 700 miles between fill-ups. At that point, the premium price of diesel fuel isn’t really much of a factor.
5. The Ability To Change The Perception Of Diesel Engines
It’s been nearly 30 years since GM offered a diesel passenger car in the U.S. market. So it’s easy to understand that some might initially be skeptical about the Cruze TD. But if the media and consumers enjoy what they find, we might see a growth in demand for more diesel vehicles. Envision a Sonic diesel, or even a Malibu diesel to accompany the Cruze TD in showrooms in the future. Variety is the spice of life, after all.