Mercedes To Bring C-Class Diesel To United States

While other companies are working on battery-powered vehicles, Mercedes-Benz and the rest of the German automakers are launching diesels like hot cakes. Audi, BMW and those boys from Stuttgart have been rolling out diesel models for years but this time it’s serious.

According to Car and Driver, Mercedes-Benz wants to sell eight diesel models in the United States by 2014 and one of those models will be the entry-level C-Class. The Mercedes C-Class currently goes head-to-head with the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A4, as well as some other sedans from Japan and the United States.

Chances are, the C-Class diesel won’t be here until 2013, but when it does arrive on our shores it might feature the 2.1-liter turbo diesel engine that puts out 204 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. For those keeping track at home, this is the same diesel engine that will eventually work its way into the GLK, which should arrive before the C-Class sedan.

The entry-level GLK should be in our Mercedes dealers around 2012, one year before the C-Class. Car and Driver stated that when the GLK arrives it could have some impressive performance numbers, including a 0-60 mile per hour time of seven seconds, not to mention fuel mileage in the high 30s. Eat your heart out Lexus RX460h.

Accompanying those two will be the new S350 BlueTec, the first ever diesel powered full-size luxury sedan in the United States from Mercedes-Benz. It will feature a 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6 and 4Matic all-wheel drive and it should arrive in 2011. The S-Class, GLK and C-Class will join the E-, M-, GL-, and the R-Class in the diesel Mercedes showroom.

If diesel is still a turn-off, Mercedes will be releasing an overhauled C-Class in September that should give those other automakers a run for their money.

[Car and Driver]

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