Next Mercedes-Benz SLK to get diesel option

According to Automotive News Europe, the next-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK will come with a diesel option to take on the Audi TT TDI.

The new diesel under consideration is the 2.2L 4-cylinder twin-turbo recently launched in the Mercedes-Benz C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Prime Edition. The engine is capable of 204 horsepower with a maximum torque of 369 lb-ft. It allows the C-Class to go from rest to 62 mph time of 7 seconds. Estimated fuel-economy comes in at 45 mpg with CO2 emissions of 138 g/km.

According to a source, the new diesel is a ‘perfect’ fit for the SLK since output is high and of course since it will increase the fuel-economy of the car. Mercedes-Benz said it will build only 5,000 units of the C 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY. No confirmation on whether the diesel SLK will come to the U.S.