A very interesting article on the current state of diesel engine Technology and the potential gas mileage gains to be had. The article includes a detailed list of diesel models coming to the US in the near future. The Cruze diesel is prominently featured in the article, including a photo.
Gas Mileage Advances:
...Some we know about. Mercedes-Benz is bringing in anS-Class diesel during the 2012 model year, whenVolkswagen will add diesel versions of its redesignedBeetle and Passat. Chevrolet has already announced a diesel engine will be offered in the compact Cruzesedan in calendar-year 2013. Jeep is planning a diesel for the Grand Cherokee, and Mazda has hinted a diesel will be coming--possibly in a redesigned Mazda 6sedan--in the same timeframe. That’s also roughly when diesel versions of the Audi A6, A7, A8, and Q5are expected...
...Just how much might each of these diesel advancements add in terms of fuel economy? According to a chart published by Bosch reflecting a Volkswagen Golf-sized vehicle with a 134-horsepower engine that gets 44 mpg, downsizing and a start-stop system could bring a 36-percent gain to 60 mpg. Cylinder reduction would add another eight percent for 65 mpg. Adding a hybrid system might result in another 12 percent gain, not a particularly impressive increase for the cost involved. But the bottom line is that the four advances together could result in a small family car that gets a stunning 73 mpg...
Link to article below: State of the Diesel Art--Part II: What
State of the Diesel Art--Part II: What’s Due and What’s Coming After That
Chevrolet has announced that the Cruze will be available with a diesel engine starting in calendar-year 2013. State of the Diesel Art--Part II: What