Mercedes Considers Four-Cylinder C-Class for U.S.
NEW YORK – Due
to rising fuel costs here and further pressure for low emissions, Mercedes-Benz
executives and engineers are contemplating a four-cylinder Mercedes-Benz
C-Class for the U.S. market. In fact, a supercharged 1.4L engine is already being tested. To make
the car acceptable to Mercedes customers, engineers told www.edmunds.com that
it would have a higher level of “perceived performance” than it actually
delivers. A louder exhaust and ultraquick-response throttle settings would give
the driver the “perception of performance.”
already sells a four-cylinder version of the C-Class sedan in Europe.
There, the entry-level C180 Kompressor is fitted with a supercharged 1.8L
inline four-cylinder engine rated at 154 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of
torque. No word as to whether the 1.4L under development would replace the
European 1.8L, or if it would be reserved for the U.S. market only, according to