February 7, 2002

Mercedes-Benz to introduce new four-cylinder engines

Mercedes-Benz will launch its new four cylinder engine generation in mid-2002. They will initially be installed in the C-Class and subsequently in other Mercedes models.

The new 1.8 litre four cylinder engine is available in four guises, all featuring the new TWINPULSE system which combines a supercharger, intercooler, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing, Lanchester balancer and adaptive drive system.

The new C 180 Kompressor accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.7 seconds, making it 1.3 seconds quicker than the previous C 180 Saloon. Fuel consumption has been reduced by a full litre to 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres, a saving of more than ten percent. And the four-cylinder newcomer also delivers when it comes to pulling power and flexibility: the maximum torque of 220 Newton metres is some 15 percent higher than in the predecessor model and available from just 2500 rpm.

The new C 200 KOMPRESSOR consumes over eleven percent less fuel than its predecessor. Its four-cylinder engine develops a maximum torque of 240 Newton metres at 3000 rpm (predecessor model: 230 Newton metres).

In terms of power output and torque, the C 230 KOMPRESSOR (192 hp, 260 Newtonmetres) is the star of the new four-cylinder engine line-up. This version, which Mercedes-Benz will install in the C-Class Sports Coupé, delivers a fuel saving of 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres compared to its predecessor.

From the end of 2002, Mercedes-Benz will also offer a direct-injection gasoline engine – the first engine of its kind in the world to combine leading-edge, direct-injection technology with a compressor supercharger and counter-balancer. The new engine develops more power, yet it consumes over 19 percent less fuel than the equivalent C-Class predecessor model. Over 75 percent of the torque is available from just 1500 rpm, and the direct-injection engine develops its maximum torque of 250 Newton metres from 3000 rpm.

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