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Mercedes A And B-Class Diesel On The Anvil

By Motortrend India Staff   |   19 November,2012

In all probability, Mercedes-Benz will get diesel-powered A- and B-Class very soon.

The recently launched Mercedes B-Class managed to create quite a stir. But since Merc had no diesel engine, it couldn’t commit to a local assembly. However, with the prospect of launching a diesel variant looming in the horizon seems that Mercedes will soon start assembling the A- and B-platform cars in India.

The hitch is that the current transversely mounted diesels that power these new front-wheel-drive cars are all equipped with diesel particulate filters (DPF) to make them Euro-V compliant.

DPFs have too much sulphur in its diesel and Mercedes’ driving cycles aren’t steady to burn off the residue that coats these filters. Mercedes had been trying to resolve this problem. Its engineers have successfully managed to retune the injection system for lower emissions, making the engines Bharat Stage-IV compliant. And that means that a 107bhp version of the 200 CDI could soon make come to India soon, followed by 220 CDI and later the 250 CDI.

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