More good news if you like higher mileage, lower emissions and cars graced by three-pointed stars. Mercedes-Benz will soon be offering not one, but two new BlueEfficiency diesel engines in their C-Class models. The C-Class is the “baby Mercedes”; they look like a real Mercedes, only smaller. Act like them too. Screwed together like a bank vault, lots of high tech gizmos, that sort of thing.
And now if the C-Class is your kind of car, you get three new diesel engine choices. There’s a 2.2-liter 4-banger diesel available with a single turbo that puts out 170 hp and a beefy 295 lb-ft of torque, and another 4 cylinder, this one featuring dual turbos, 204 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Either engine sounds like fun, but I’ll take the second one, thank you very much.
The twin turbo mill gets 42.1 mpg (combined cycle) and the single blower engine gets 49 mpg. And check this out, even while getting those kind of mileage figures, the bigger diesel does zero to 62 mph in a very respectable 8.4 seconds. Both models are available as either sedan or station wagon.
Sadly, Mercedes in going to keep these as Euro only, but my guess is only for the time being. With the newer, tougher, CAFE standards soon to be rolling in, having cars that can put down numbers like 49 mpg and 8.4 seconds zero to 62 sprints sound like good cars to have in your showroom. And, for that matter, in my garage. I might be a sportscar guy, but I DO have to be practical. On occasion.
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