You observed correctly – it’s a car and not a truck. You’re also correct in noticing that it is not equipped with stacks or nitrous, nor is it rolling coal. (I just got back from Diesel Power Challenge, so investigating a Chevy Cruze is a mindset shift for me too, trust me. I’m also currently following the 2013 TS Performance Outlaw diesel drags and sled pull, which is going on right now. Well, more accurately, it’s raining.) Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, maybe we can recognize and agree that anything diesel is just plain cool, no matter what.

Reportedly Chevrolet’s first diesel-powered car since 1986, the 2014 Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel is headed for 13 select U.S regional markets this summer. The Cruze - along with the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel – are the two new U.S. diesel models to arrive in 2014. Equipped with a VCDi (variable geometry turbo charger common rail diesel injection) 2.0L inline-four cylinder clean diesel engine, the Cruze turbodiesel (2.0 TD) has 148hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It is rated at 46mpg highway (city: 27; mix: 33), and has a 4.5 gallon tank for liquid urea to convert nitrous oxides into nitrogen and water to help achieve Tier 2, Bin 5 emissions standards. Its 0 to 60 time stands at 8.6 seconds. Oh yes, there’s an overboost function that raises torque to 280 lb-ft for ten seconds of safer passing and driving – of course. But don’t get your heart set on a manual transmission just yet – the diesel is available only in a six speed automatic configuration. Stay tuned for more on the Chevy Cruze diesel, as Diesel Power Magazine intends to investigate this sleek compact sedan.

This video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3PgZ5M5rv8 - touts a 900-mile road trip in a Chevy Cruze, achieved on one tank of fuel via traveling 5mph under the speed limit. (What that speed would have been, we don’t know.) On the Cruze’s 15.6 gallon fuel tank, that would be 57.7mpg. I believe it. Video narrator Tessa Baughman, Energy Engineer for the Cruze Diesel, states that “the vehicle gets 46mpg on the highway, which is better than any non-hybrid vehicle on the market at this time.” She also suggests that “anybody who wants to get great fuel economy, but have the power and the torque of a V6, would be interested in this car.”

How about you – would you be interested in this car? What do you think? Would you add the diesel Cruze to your fleet?