Mercedes-Benz hasn't sold a car with a four-cylinder engine in the U.S. for the past few years, but they're taking this sesquicentennial anniversary of the birth of Rudolf Diesel to introduce a new oil-burner engine.
The new diesel, Mercedes says, outstrips all its previous efforts in design, technology and output. A 2.1-liter four-cylinder, the new diesel turns in 204 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, a boost of 25 percent over its current diesel. Though it has more power, Mercedes says the new engine gets better fuel economy and also spits out less carbon dioxide -- 13 percent, according to their estimates.
The 2.1-liter version should be followed by smaller-displacement versions.
We think it's about time for Mercedes to bring back four-cylinders to the States -- this one in particular, and in the C-Class in specific. Would you buy a four-cylinder with a three-pointed star? Because it's a diesel, or despite the fact? Talk to us the best way you know how -- in a comment below.