By Mark Kleis
Friday, Oct 21st, 2011 @ 3:58 am
 
Leftlane has previously confirmed the future of the diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze for U.S. customers, but now we have also learned where the vehicle will be produced for North American consumption.

With the Cruze gas-powered models set to be joined by an oil-burning alternative in 2013, General Motors has now confirmed that it will invest $5.5 million into the existing Cruze plant in Lordstown, Ohio, to accommodate the 2.0-liter diesel engine.

While the Cruze Diesel sold in North America will be built in Ohio, the engine, designed and built by VM-Motori, a 50-50-owned Italian firm between GM and Fiat, will produce the engines.

In Europe, the Cruze Diesel is good for 161 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 236 lb-ft of torque, a healthy increase over both the 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine and the premium 1.4-liter turbocharged engines currently available in the U.S.

Despite the substantial bump in power, fuel economy is expected to be a very diesel-like 50 miles per gallon highway, besting the 42mpg rating of the most efficient model, the Cruze Eco.