New Mercedes C-Class to Use Renault 1.6 dCi Diesel

A Renault engine in your Benz C-Class? Absolutely not! Nobody would ever tolerate that sort of stuff. Except it’s already happened with front-wheel drive Mercs, so there’s no point in fighting it now.
2012 Mercedes C-Class 1 photo
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The Mercedes A 180 CDI already uses the 1.5-liter diesel engine with 110 horsepower from Renault. That engine is good for a base model, but not good enough for the C-Class, not when it has to compete with BMW’s 3 Series.

Instead of adapting the 1.8-liter diesel it has on offer, Mercedes is going to take Renault’s best small engine and use it on the C-Class. The 1.6 dCi produces 130 PS and 320 Nm of torque and is offered on top variant of the Megane, the Scenic and Grand Scenic or the Nissan Qashqai. It was designed to replace bigger 2-liter diesels and has better balancing. It's also one of the most complicated engines Renault makes.

From what we understand, the resulting C 200 CDI model equipped with this Renault engine will be the base model, likely only available with a manual gearbox built by Mercedes with an automatic to be launched at a much later date.

We found this interesting report on a french website called, who say an official announcement will be made in a few days. They also seem to have a photo of the 1.6 dCi with a longitudinal layout, which the C-Class needs.

Editor's note: dCi into CDI... it's like it was meant to be!
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