Mercedes gave the GLK250 BlueTec its North American debut last April during the New York Auto Show, but the brand has bigger plans for it’s engine’s future in the U.S.
The same 2.1-liter four cylinder will also power the E250 BlueTec which will replace the E350 BlueTec next year. Despite downsizing from a six- to four-cylinder diesel, the car will have close to the same power ratings with 190 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That’s a mild downgrade, but it will presumably come with a considerable bump in fuel efficiency.
Just like the E-Class, Mercedes will include the same engine in its ML-Class SUV although it isn’t clear if the diesel six in the ML350 BlueTec will be removed.
Historically, diesel has been a segment many brands shied away from, but luxury brands are being forced to improve efficiency as gas prices continue to rise. Diesel is commonplace in Europe, but Americans are starting to warm up to the idea.
Other German brands are quickly jumping aboard the trend as well. Audi brought a host of cars to the L.A. Auto Show which it will offer with a 3.0-liter diesel engine. Those cars were the A8, A7, A6 and Q5 small crossover — all of which will join the Q7, which is already available as an oil burner.
[Source: Car and Driver]