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 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.”


Mercedes 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