Mercedes’ Future in Diesels

December 29th, 2009

I notice you seem to be willing to pay attention to any kind of diesel, not just the “Big Three” motors.

Hello,

Congratulations on your new magazine. I notice you seem to be willing to pay attention to any kind of diesel, not just the “Big Three” motors. I have been a Mercedes owner for years, so I am looking forward to their next generation diesels. Is there any word on what Mercedes might do next?

George,
Irvine, CA

Since you bring up Mercedes, we hear that they will be introducing a 50-state legal E-class CDI car as a 2008 model. The car will be the first “bluetec” car to employ urea after-treatment in the North American market. With a seven-speed automatic, we should expect performance comparable to the current E320, which has a top speed of 155 and can do 0-60 in 6.8 seconds.

Meanwhile, BMW is working on a diesel with two-stage turbocharging that would also be available in the U.S. as a 2008 model-ed.

 

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