Mercedes prepares diesel GLK for the US market

While most of the manufacturers are considering hybrid and electric vehicles, Mercedes is considering a diesel version of the GLK crossover for the US market.

During an interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz USA President Ernst Lieb said: "We’ve got the GLK coming. And the next-generation C-Class sedan will share the 2.2L 4-cylinder clean-diesel engine that bears the brand’s Bluetec trademark. The C-Class will feature diesel availability right from the start when it arrives in 2013." The E-Class will also get a new diesel engine starting 2011. All of these new engines will include Mercedes new BlueTec technology.

You can see that Mercedes has big plans for diesel engines in the US market: "Overall, our goal is to be somewhere in the range of 15% to 20%,” he says. “And we’re slowly growing this."

This is quite an impressive move considering Mercedes recently had to recall about 2,300 2011 diesel models, including the M-Class, GL-Class , E-Class, and R-Class, due to leaky fuel filters.

Source: Wardsauto

7 comments:

Well, I haven’t read the whole engine specification and performance of the car but I’m afraid that this car would be slower or something since it uses a diesel engine.

hmm. Can you please leave that color (red) in the exterior to Ferrari? However, just recently , the Mercedes has released this version, the C-Class. Its much bigger compare to A-class, so its for you to choose whom you prefer.

Why not? I love Sedan cars. And hopefully it’ll be a one of the best units to be sold all over the world. Besides, am a big fan of Mercedes.

Whatever, that is still awesome news. If my fathers diesel ML can manage 30MPG from the relatively inefficient six, I’d like to see what this four cylinder is capable of.

So what’s the matter with a 10 sec 0-60? This isn’t a race car.My 80 Rabbit with around 60 HP was 0-60 "sometime", but I never had a problem either freeway or around town. I would have been nice to have a 5 speed and a turbo, but it was still a fun car to drive. I miss it smiley

SUVs are so yesterday! When will Mercedes focus on building a quality sedan again? Like the X3 has taken the the world by storm!

Good job, people love to buy cars that are fuel efficient and with this event I bet it will increase the sales of this car.

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