Mercedes-Benz's long-anticipated entry-level diesel sedan and crossovers have been delayed at least a year, the latest victims of increased scrutiny by the EPA in the wake of Volkswagen's ongoing diesel crisis.
The diesel version of the C-Class was set to be badged C300d and the GLC-Class diesel was likely to wear a GLC300d badge. Initially, the automaker had planned for the C300d to be in dealers by the first quarter of this year to square off against BMW's 328d with the GLC300d set to arrive not long after to do battle with the BMW X3 xDrive28d.
“The latest plan is sometime in 2017 (mid-2017 is a reasonable estimate, not firm), but this is certainly subject to change,” Mercedes-Benz spokesman Rob Moran told industry journal Automotive News.
2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec
Both Mercedes C300d and GLC300d models were expected to be powered by the automaker's 2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel that was offered in last year's E250d, a larger sedan. Currently, Mercedes doesn't have an E-Class diesel in its American lineup, but that isn't entirely unexpected since the E-Class was just redesigned. Mercedes doesn't tend to launch models with diesel engines initially.
Although Mercedes has had a long heritage with diesel, the automaker only has one 2016 model powered by the fuel: the midsize GLE300d crossover. That's expected to grow slightly next year when a refreshed GLS350d hits the market.