Diesel Car Lineup in the U.S. for 2013 and 2014: Preview and Report

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Chevrolet

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

Last year, General Motors sold 33,000 diesel-powered Cruzes in non-U.S. markets, and for 2013, GM will be offering the Lordstown, Ohio produced Chevy Cruze diesel to American consumers as well. In the first half of 2013, the Cruze will likely join the Volkswagen Jetta TDI as the second entrant in the compact diesel sedan segment albeit as a 2014 model.

Expect pricing around $23,500, representing a $1,900 premium over the gasoline-powered variant. The direct-injection 2.0-liter turbodiesel used in Cruzes in Europe and Australia develops 161 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, a figure that doubles that of the gasoline-powered Cruze currently offered in the U.S.

The Cruze is being completely redesigned for 2015 but given the cost of federalizing the diesel engine, it is likely that the new Cruze will be offered in a diesel variant as well.

Chrysler

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Chrysler, under Italian Fiat’s ownership since 2009, is returning to the U.S. diesel market after a short hiatus. There is clearly a good deal of transatlantic cooperation between Detroit and Turin, and Fiat’s hands-on ownership has already brought the Mexican-built Fiat 500 to the U.S. in 2011.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will be available starting in early 2013, will come with the 3.0-liter Fiat-developed 237 horsepower turbo diesel and a new ZF-sourced 8 speed automatic transmission. This potent combination puts out 406 pound-feet of torque and is rated by the EU at 27 miles per gallon in the city and 39 mpg on the highway (8.71/6.03 l/100km).

The Detroit-built Grand Cherokee already offers a 188 hp diesel in export models, but the combination of the new power plant and gearbox sounds promising.

Chrysler’s recent application with the Patent and Trademark Office of “EcoDiesel 3.0l” LINK suggests that Fiat-run Chrysler isn’t stopping with the Grand Cherokee. With the announcement of the Fiat 500E electric city vehicle, the automaker’s commitment to fuel-sipping products is clear, and a diesel-powered Chrysler 300 is rumored to be coming sometime in 2013, also as a 2014 model year offering.

Fiat currently offers several diesel engines under the MultiJet badge in Europe, which it developed with General Motors Europe and Suzuki.

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