Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz will roll out an S-Class sedan with a 4-cylinder engine, a first in the models 60-year history. A Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman said that the German automaker has no plans to offer the model in the United States – and that makes us pretty happy.
The 4-cylinder Mercedes-Benz S250 CDI is powered by 2.2L diesel engine making 204-hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Stop-start technology is offered as standard and helps the S250 CDI average a fuel-economy of 5.7 liters per 100 km (41 mpg in U.S. terms) and CO2 emissions of 149 grams per km.
So will BMW and Audi have a competitor to the 4-clyinder S-Class? The short answer is BMW doesn’t really care but Audi will does.
BMW, which this year dropped the 8-cylinder in the 7-Series in favor of a 6-cylinder engine says that it isn’t planning to follow Mercedes-Benz by rolling out a 4-cylinder version of the flagship sedan.
“I like selling 7-series cars with six- and eight- cylinders,” Reithofer said at 2010 Paris Motor Show. “What we need to offer with these cars in the future is electrification.”
Audi on the other hand has plans to offer the A8 flagship sedan with a 4-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an electric-motor. The hybrid A8 is expected to debut some time in 2012, spokesman Eric Felber said.
– By: Omar Rana