You have to admit, if there’s one vehicle from Mercedes-Benz’s model lines that you’d dream about owning, it has got to be an S-Class. Being the flagship model of the German premium car manufacturer, it has packed everything from V12 monsters, stout V10’s and even twin-turbocharged V8’s. But now you’re going to see an S-Class with a four-banger diesel. So what gives?
Evolution happened. Mercedes-Benz was able to create a four-cylinder engine with enough wallop that it’s willing to risk its reputation by putting it on their most prestigious S-Class models. This is the first time in 60 years that something like this has ever happened. So this truly is a milestone for the company.
Here’s the deal. The engine is a 2.2-liter CDI turbocharged diesel that capable of delivering 369lb-ft torque at engine speeds as low as 1,600 rpm. Not only that—with such an impressive torque comes 204hp. Not much but the combination gives the S 250 CDI BlueEfficiency a 0-60 time of 8.2 seconds. Take note that it’s a diesel. Fuel economy is around 5.7 liters to a hundred kilometers, or roughly 41.2 miles per U.S. gallon as European tests have proven. CO2 emissions? 149g/km.
Mercedes-Benz has no plans whatsoever to release this variant in the US, though. So too bad.