CARandDRIVER reports that Mercedes-Benz will be holding off on the diesel offerings for the all-new subcompact CLA-Class sedan and GLA-Class crossover. The reason for holding out on the oil burners is due to the apparent fact that the CLA and GLA will need to be reengineered to incorporate the latest urea-injection system large enough to last between service intervals.
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However, due to the assessment that such a change in design as well as federalizing the car to US standards would cost too much, such a plan isn’t a viable business case.
Though if anything, C/D says that the GLA presents a slightly greater possibility of receiving diesel go-power for the US since the larger proportions of the GLA would allow engineers to design an adequate urea-injection system.
For now, the US only has German diesel offerings from BMW and Audi in this segment while a diesel C-Class is due next year.