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30 March 2013

Mercedes CLS to get a diesel in the last quarter

If you've been waiting for an oil-burning CLS, rejoice

Sriram Narayanan
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The CLS is not exactly a money-spinner or a sales chart-buster for Mercedes in India. But it’s one incredible car held back by two factors, a high price, and the lack of a diesel variant in India. Prices will be upward of Rs 1 crore as long as the CLS remains a complete import, but the diesel engine will be coming sometime post-Diwali. Internationally, the CLS has a wide range of diesels including the 2.1-litre, four-cylinder engine. India, though, will get the traditional 3.5-litre V6 that powers cars like the E350 CDI and S350 CDI. Compared to the 3.5-litre petrol that makes 306bhp, the 3.5 diesel is expected to have a power figure of about 240 horses. This will ensure the CLS commands a premium over the E-class. Needless to say, at 540Nm, it will have way more pulling power than the petrol’s 370Nm.

We have loved the CLS but have been extremely critical of the very old-world 3.5-litre petrol. It never made frightening power, nor did it lend you respectable fuel economy. More so, the CLS is no longer the only niche four-door coupe. It has got proper rivals now in the Audi A7 and the BMW 6 series Gran Coupe. And they both come with very powerful and economical diesels. So it’s high time the CLS got a diesel for itself.

Our only grouse? Merc needs to bring that diesel even sooner, and to make the CLS an even more attractive proposition, bring in the 2.1-litre diesel and assemble it in India just like the ML 250 SUV.

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