Diesel powered Chevrolet Cruze coming in US in 2013

Breaking news: Chevrolet Cruze diesel will show up on dealer lots in about two years’ time – that’s about when the four-door is due for a mild refresh.

Chevrolet is keeping mum about just what powerplant is in store for the diesel, although it’s safe to assume that we’ll get a federalized version of the European and Australian-market 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Designed by VM Motori, an Italian firm split 50/50 between GM and Fiat, the engine has been used in a variety of products overseas from various manufacturers.

In those markets that offer a diesel Cruze, the diesel is the range-topping powertrain. Rated at 161 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 236 lb-ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm, the diesel is substantially more powerful and torquey than the 1.4-liter 138-horsepower gas engine that tops the North American range.

Chevrolet Cruze, diesel is rated at about 41 mpg U.S. combined in European testing. by European tests

Some changes will undoubtedly have to be made to make the diesel meet U.S. emissions standards, but a urea-based additive like those required for larger diesels probably won’t be necessary.

It will be interesting to see the first diesel in a Detroit-badged compact car in decades, to emerge over the coming months

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