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Although Volkswagen offers diesel engines in its Golf hatchback and Jetta sedan, most automakers have avoided diesel power in the cost-conscious compact car segment. But Chevrolet will soon change that, having recently announced that a diesel-powered version of its compact Cruze sedan is on the way.

According to Chevrolet, the diesel Cruze will debut for calendar year 2013, making it likely to be a 2014 model. While the automaker didn't specify which of its diesel powerplants will be featured in the Cruze diesel, it will likely be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged unit - the same one featured in the Cruze diesel currently available in Europe. There, the engine is offered in two varieties: one with 127 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, and another that produces 163 horsepower and a muscular 265 pound feet.

With the Cruze's fuel economy numbers right at the 40 miles per gallon mark, it's surprising Chevrolet feels a diesel engine is necessary to help the compact sedan gain traction among fuel efficiency-minded car shoppers. But with diesel engines accounting for more than 20 percent of Volkswagen Golf and Jetta sales, it's hard to fault Chevrolet for courting buyers that have few other options in today's market.

On sale since September 2010, the Cruze has already made a splash in the compact car segment with nearly 123,000 units sold through the first half of this year - more sales than Ford's recently-redesigned Focus, and on par with the perennial class favorites like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Interestingly, while a diesel-powered Cruze is on its way to the US, the automaker has no plans to sell a Cruze hatchback stateside, despite its popularity in other markets.

Pricing and a more precise release date for the Cruze diesel have not been released.

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