Mercedes launches first 4-cylinder S class

Posted on 16 December 2010 by Tony Santos

Mercedes-Benz from Daimler AG has recently launched its most recent model, the S-Class Sedan with a four cylinder engine. This type of Mercedes car is a first by the company and Mercedes is now the world’s largest car maker to have incorporated a small engine on one of its top-of-the line model of cars, the main aim of which is to maintain the performance and reputation of the S-class even with a downsized engine.

However, one downside to this news is that Mercedes does not plan to sell this car in the United States. Instead, this car is meant to become more popular in France, United Kingdom, Netherlands and such countries where auto-taxes based on carbon dioxide emission are being raised.

The ‘green’ movement towards cleaner fuel usage and environmentally friendly cars has seen premium manufacturers in competition for gaining environmental credentials. Such manufacturers are trying to gain the attention of the now more environmentally aware customers but the fact is that they have to meet some emission standards as well. One prudent example is that of BMW which invested 1.2 Billion Euros on fuel saving technology while Mercedes is said to be spending almost 1 Billion Euros this year on the same project.

The Mercedes S250 CDI which is scheduled to arrive with the dealers at the start of next year has a diesel engine of 2.2 liter and the peak power output for the engine is 204 hp and has a maximum torque of 500 Newton meters at 1600 rpm. Mercedes explains that such a high torque with such a small engine happens because of a two stage turbo-charging, the torque figures being equal to a six-cylinder diesel.

Apart from this, this Mercedes is the first large prestige sedan in the world to have a fuel consumption rate of less than 6 liters for 100 kilometers and to crack the 150 g/km barrier with exhaust emission rate of 149 g/km.

The Mercedes spokesperson claims that ‘Green luxury is feasible’. With a top speed of 240 kilometers per hour and acceleration to 100 km per hour in 8.2 seconds, this car is meant to attract environmentally conscious people. Another reason for downsizing the engine is the recent hit of the financial crisis, this car costing 3700 Euros less than the V6 version but 27,400 Euros more than the E-class.

On the other hand, BMW is building a hybrid supercar and electric auto for city driving as their mission for greener fuel technology. In 2013, they’ll also be coming out with their Vision Efficient Dynamics concept car which is a four person sports car combining three cylinder combustion engine with two electric motors.

The other company, Audi is also trying to gain the same perspective by developing a version of the A8 that will combine a four cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor set to be released in 2012. Their spokesperson claims that downsizing the engine does not limit driving characteristics and that it is important to offer a certain degree of performance in this sector.

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