• Jan 25, 2011
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We've got good news for the oil-burning fans of United States. Car and Driver is reporting that Mercedes-Benz wants to sell eight diesel models in the land of the free by 2014, and one of those will be a C-Class.

Odds are that the vehicle won't show up until 2013, and when it does, it will come packing the Silver Arrow's 2.1-liter turbo diesel mill with 204 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. That same engine is likely to find its way into the nose of the GLK as well, though the pint-sized crossover is expected to show its face sooner than its sedan cousin.

The GLK is likely to hit showrooms in the fall of this year as a 2012 model. Car and Driver says that when it does, it could bring some tasty figures to the table, including a 0-60 time in the seven second range and fuel economy in the high 30s.

Currently, Mercedes-Benz serves up a diesel option in its E, M, GL and R-Class models. The S-Class is set to join that party by the end of 2011.



[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I love diesel torque and the smell it leaves on my fingers after pumping.
        • 3 Years Ago
        All I know is that I have to use the green pump. Man, now I'm so confused...
      brnscofrnld
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as it isn't blutec or something that has to use urea.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brnscofrnld
        The urea-based systems get better fuel economy and are more reliable than the NOx+H2S trap systems.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brnscofrnld
        What's the big deal? Twice a year when you have they car serviced at the dealer, they refill the urea tank. So?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I could convince my wife, for my next car, that I really have to have the C-Klass C200 Diesel.

      C200 Wagon with 6spd manual would really be tops.
      (rwd is preferred... even though I live where it snows)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Put a manual in it and I'm down.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully they will also offer this 2.1 litre 4-cylinder diesel in the US Sprinter. It puts out 204 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque vs. 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque for the 3 litre V-6 Bluetec in the Sprinter and will probably get better fuel economy and allow carrying more payload being a lighter engine.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Except for a small percentage of US Mercedes drivers/wanna be owners, the low power diesel is a dead horse. Mileage isn't an issue for a Mercedes or you can't afford to own one!!!

      IFF Mercedes wants to succeed in the diesel market in the US they'll need a minimum of 250 and mo-betta 300 hp and 450+ ft-lb torque in the E-class. Maybe the C will do OK with 200hp diesel (the E320CDI only had 220), I just don't think so.

      I'll certainly not buy an E-class for over $55K that can't do 0-60 in less than 7 seconds.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I bought my last C230 V-6 specifically because it combined good fuel economy with RWD handling. And I did not replace it with the C300 primarily because the fuel economy took a dive with the more powerful engine. There are plenty of people who care about both luxury and fuel economy.

        I think MB's strategy of bringing a smaller diesel compared to the BMW 330d torque-monster is smart. This might make the car more attainable and less of an expensive niche buy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        My wife drives a 2010 C300 4Matic. If the diesel was available, we'd definitely have looked at it. Zero to 60 in 7 seconds is more than fast enough for her, and the mileage boost, while not financially necessary for us, would still be nice. If the engine was similarly quiet and smooth as the current V6, what's not to like?
      jvcucinella
      • 2 Years Ago
      i wood like to see the mercedes benz c class come in to the usa in diesel and a 6 speed manual treansmion. i have ownd diesels 4 last 18 years. my ferst diesel was 1981 vw jetta i got it in 1993 the i get a 1990 vw jetts in 1998 then i got the 2001 vw jetts tdi i got it new in 2000 and i stell have it and it has no probluns i got 240k and do not bern eny oil i change the oil evry 5k with 5w30 synthetik in redy to by a new car i wont the mercedes c class 6 speed diesel and ill what in till it come out and i will not by eny gas car the diesel gets the best full econame gas gets ****
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand why we have been so reluctant to accept diesel sedans here in the US. Fuel efficiency + lots of torque + durability. Not that Merc's are known for reliability anymore. Maybe I'm the minority but I'd rather have a lots of low end torque than peaky horsepower. So this thing is coming out in 2013? I'll be looking for a used one sometime around 2020 or so. lol.

        • 3 Years Ago
        It was a 2002 C240 that gave me a lot of trouble, too. Owned it for 8 months before I got rid of it because I couldn't afford the constant repair bills. From what I heard, Merc switched providers and outsourced a lot of electrical work for 2002, and when the complaints came in, they switched back. So now they have been busy repairing their credibility.

        And with electrical issues it's tough because there's just more stuff to break. One feature on the C240 was if your turn signal goes out, the car will use the fog light automatically as a turn signal instead. Very slick, but imagine all the extra sensors, wires, and microcontroller functions for that to happen.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I think a lot of it has to do with the stigma of the past. We had really crappy diesels a while back and people still associate those with the new ones of today. I think the same goes for hatchbacks in America. We got mostly crappy hatchbacks for so long, people associate hatchbacks with crappy small cars.

        VW and others are really helping to push diesels as good cars. The same is true for the hatchbacks now that we are starting to get some good small hatchbacks.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Our 2002 C240 was certainly not very reliable. But so far, our 2010 C300 has been flawless. I think Mercedes quality has greatly improved in the last few years. That said, an extended warranty is advisable, as Mercedes parts and service are quite expensive.
        • 3 Years Ago
        rnelsonee, it took a few years for the dealer to completely fix the electrical gremlins in our 2002 C240. It initially burned out taillights regularly, but after a couple years, Mercedes came out with a TSB that replaced a portion of the wiring harness. That fixed the problem.

        Fortunately for us, we had a 5-year extended warranty, the dealer is 1 mile away from our house, and the dealer has always treated us very well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      100 hp per liter diesel, 30+ mpg.
      sweet.

      damn you, Jeep, for making me lust after a GLK. I really don't want to...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think there is a type in the title there. Shouldn't it read 'diesel wagon coming in 2012' ? ;)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lame, according to AAA diesel on average now costs more than premium.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Fuel mileage and performance offset that cost IMHO
      • 3 Years Ago
      369ft-lbs? Niiiiice!

      Keep those diesels comin'! Flood the marketplace with them and American consumers will learn to love them. Mazda, VW, Audi, Mercedes, BMW, all bringing their (once) forbidden fruit here. I love it!
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