For decades, it seemed General Motors was reluctant to get back into diesel cars due to the unfortunate reputation it earned after fielding a plethora of smelly, slow, unreliable diesel models in the late 70s and early 80s. In a stark about-face, GM could end up becoming one of the biggest sellers of diesel models among the Detroit Three, if comments made by Steve Kiefer, GM’s vice president of global powertrains, is to be believed. According to Automotive News, Kiefer said the Cruze would be the first of many diesel-powered passenger cars the company would offer in the U.S. market.
While the term “passenger cars” obviously includes sedans and crossovers, it also includes SUVs, such as the K2XX SUVs, like the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. The next two models confirmed to get a diesel option are the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsized pickups, which will get a 2.8L turbodiesel I-4 producing approximately 200 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque.
There is an unsubstantiated rumor that GM may be developing a V-6 turbodiesel between 3.0L and 3.5L for use in the 1500-series trucks and fullsize SUVs. Combined with the recently introduced 8L90 eight-speed automatic, that combination could give GM the tools it needs to counter Ram’s 28-mpg Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, the current reigning champ of truck fuel economy.
However, in terms of specific models or timeline, Kiefer was somewhat vague. “We will continue to introduce more diesels as appropriate and as the market accepts them,” stated Kiefer.
Source: Automotive News