We’ve had a strange relationship with diesel here in the U.S.
While many of the most red-blooded Americans have embraced the riotous fuel in their full-size trucks, many are wary to adopt the technology.
Why are they so reluctant? Mostly, it’s memories of the General Motors’ 350 V8 diesel engine, which stunk and kicked like a mule and made twice as much noise.
Delightfully for us diesel fans, the Germans have been making a big push for the gasoline alternative, as they see it as efficient – and what’s more German than that?
This is rather sad news. While we love the Passat TDI, we’d much rather have a CLA diesel in our driveway, as, well, let me put it this way: if the CLA is Genesis Rodriguez, the Passat is Sandra Bullock.
Get what I mean?
Delightfully, chances are much better that the U.S. will see a diesel-powered GLA BlueTEC. The GLA, if you couldn’t guess, is the crossover version of the CLA four-door coupe. And I think the GLA is one of the best looking crossovers in existence. It’s the Jennifer Lawrence.
So we’ve got to take the good with the bad. We’re not getting a torque-y Genesis Rodriguez but nor will we have to settle for the right-as-rain Sandra Bullock.
I’m fine with that.
- The difference between diesel- and gasoline-powered cars
- Driving a prototype 2020 Passat at Volkswagen’s Arizona Proving Ground
- The 2019 Mazda3 gains AWD, fresh design, and a groundbreaking engine
- Porsche brings diesel car production to a screeching halt
- Workhorse takes on diesel with lighter, cheaper NGEN-1000 electric delivery van