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Mercedes Considers Four-Cylinder C-Class for U.S.

April 04, 2008

NEW YORK – Dueto rising fuel costs here and further pressure for low emissions, Mercedes-Benzexecutives and engineers are contemplating a four-cylinder Mercedes-BenzC-Class for the U.S. market. In fact, a supercharged 1.4L engine is already being tested. To makethe car acceptable to Mercedes customers, engineers told www.edmunds.com thatit would have a higher level of “perceived performance” than it actuallydelivers. A louder exhaust and ultraquick-response throttle settings would givethe driver the “perception of performance.”

 

Mercedesalready sells a four-cylinder version of the C-Class sedan in Europe.There, the entry-level C180 Kompressor is fitted with a supercharged 1.8Linline four-cylinder engine rated at 154 horsepower and 170 pound-feet oftorque. No word as to whether the 1.4L under development would replace theEuropean 1.8L, or if it would be reserved for the U.S. market only, according towww.edmunds.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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