Diesel Mercedes CLA Not Coming to US

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Launched with 2.1-liter diesel engine earlier this year, the Mercedes-Benz CLA just got a new oil burner in Europe, the 1.5-liter Renault-source powerplant that will be offered in the CLA 180 CDI. However, the Germans aren’t to keen to take the offer the CLA with a diesel mill in the United States, claiming such a model doesn’t make much of a business sense over the Pond.
According to Car and Driver, who are quoting a source within Mercedes-Benz, fitting an urea-injection system to the CLA and selling the diesel with a higher price tag isn’t seen as a feasible project. Unfortunately, the Mercedes-Benz insider said the same thing about the upcoming GLA model, although the crossover would fit a urea system better thanks to its size.

As a reminder, the CLA 220 CDI delivers 167 HP and enables the vehicle to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 230 km/h (144 mph). Fuel consumption is rated at 4.5 liters/100 km, which means about 52.3 miles per gallon in the US.

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