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Published: November 16, 2012 | 8:40 am
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When Mercedes Benz India launched its least priced product, the B-Class sports tourer, in India a couple of months ago, only with a turbo petrol engine option, many eyes were raised. The reason why Mercedes Benz launched the B-Class only in petrol guise is due to the fact that the turbo diesel engines for the cars based on the MFA platform are capable of meeting Euro V emission norms, which requires the use of a highly sensitive diesel particulate filter(DPF). The latest Euro V compliant diesel particulate filter of the new range of turbo diesel engines cannot run on Indian diesel, whose quality is quite variable.
2012 Mercedez Benz B-Class MPV
Therefore, Mercedes Benz engineers are now coming up with a workaround for this issue by retuning the injection system so that the turbo diesel engines that will power the likes of the A-Class and B-Class can run on the diesel that is available in India, which has a higher sulphur content than what is the case in Europe. Going forward, Mercedes Benz is expected to launch the diesel powered B-Class in India with a 1.8 Liter turbo diesel engine good for 107 Bhp of peak power and 250 Nm of peak torque. This turbo diesel engine will be reworked to work on Indian diesel.

This engine is a downsized version of the 2.2 Liter turbo diesel engine that is used on a range of Mercedes Benz cars from the C-Class to the S-Class. On the MFA platform cars, this engine has been adapted to be mounted in a transverse(East-West) layout as the MFA platform cars are front wheel driven. This engine is available in more powerful states of tune: 122 Bhp-300 Nm and 170 Bhp-350 Nm.  In the future, Mercedes Benz India will launch these more powerful states of tune of its turbo diesel engines for upcoming MFA plaform cars like the CLA coupe and the GLA compact crossover models, which are expected to debut in India during 2013 and 2014.
2013 Mercedes Benz A-Class Sports Hatchback
2013 Mercedes Benz A-Class Sports Hatchback

These entry level car models will be outfitted with India-spec turbo diesel engines with modified injection systems to work on diesel with a higher sulphur content. Given that the Indian luxury car market loves its diesels, it is imperative for Mercedes Benz to launch its entry level cars like the A-Class and B-Class with turbo diesel engines if it wants these cars to live up to their potential of being strong sellers.

Come 2013, Mercedes Benz will launch another entry level car in India, in the form of the A-Class sports hatchback. The A-Class sports hatchback will be the German luxury car marque’s least priced car in India and will sit under the B-Class in terms of price and positioning. Both the A-Class and B-Class car models will be assembled in India through completely knocked down(CKD) kits, at Mercedes Benz’s assembly facility at Chakan, off Pune.

Source AutocarIndia


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