Diesel engines continue to flood the US market with one of the next models set to gain the gas-alternative powertrain being the 2015 Mercedes C-Class.
The new engine will be a 2.1-liter turbodiesel, which will also be offered in the GLK250 BlueTec crossover that goes on sale tomorrow, April 30th. That engine is also expected to replace the current 3.0-liter V6 diesel currently on offer in the E-Class, with sales beginning this September.
As for what to expect in the C-Class diesel, Mercedes says the GLK model with the same engine delivers 20 to 30 percent better fuel economy with a rating of 24 mpg city and 33 mpg highway compared to 19/24 mpg in the GLK350. The GLK250BlueTec is rated at 200 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
While there are currently no other diesel offering in the compact luxury segment, BMW has announced it will offer a 328d starting this year. While no fuel economy specifications have been announced it will cost roughly $7,000 more than a gasoline-powered 328i.
Audi will also join its German rivals with reports indicating an A4 TDI will arrive in 2015.
With the introduction of the C250 BlueTec Mercedes will offer six diesel models in the US.
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