Anyone who thought the Chevrolet Cruze diesel was a one-time thing, should think again. Despite sales not being all that fantastic, General Motors is still planning to launch more cars and light trucks with diesel engines in the US over the next few years. In other words, the Cruze diesel was just the start.
GM’s vice president of global powertrain, Steve Kiefer, just made this announcement at a management seminar.
He also stated that “diesel cars and light trucks could grow to 10 percent” of the US market by 2020. Other than the Cruze, GM will offer its new Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks with a 2.8-liter diesel four-cylinder beginning in 2016.
Kiefer also hinted light-duty versions of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are also likely candidates for diesel power. This would make perfect sense considering the Ram 1500 is already available with a diesel, giving it a 28 mpg highway rating. This is without question very good news for truck fans. The question we’re left wondering about is which cars, other than the Cruze, will receive a diesel option. We’re anxiously waiting to find out.