Mercedes-Benz developing 1.4 liter engine for the U.S.
Due to the pressure in producing cars with lower CO2 emissions, Mercedes-Benz announced that is taking in consideration building a four-cylinder power plant that will be used especially to power the cars sold on the U.S. market.
Mercedes executives said that a supercharged 1.4-liter engine is already in testing. Although the engine will not be very powerfull, the manufacturer declared that the car will feature a louder exhaust and a better acceleration in order to give the driver the „perception of performance”.
The engine will be a premiere in the U.S. but in Europe the manufacturer already sells a C-Class powered by a four-cylinder engine. The 1.8 liter four- cylinder engine for example is capable of developing 154 hp but for the new engine the manufacturer said no word. It is possible that the power of the new engine to be close to 140 hp but for the moment this remains only a rumor.
One thing is for sure: the engine will have lower CO2 emission and will drop the price of the car close to $28,000. This way the new Mercedes powered by the 1.4 four-cylinder engine will be the cheapest C-Class on the market.