Through 2005 the newly developed, powerful six-cylinder engines will become available for the C-Class, E-Class and SLK-Class. These new power units better their predecessors by up to 32 per cent in output and up to 27 per cent in torque. With four completely new V6 engines, the C-Class takes a clear lead in its market segment where output and torque are concerned. Of the new engines, three are V6 petrol units with 204 hp (C 230), 231 hp (C 280) and 272 hp (C 350). The C 320 CDI with the state-of-the-art V6 diesel engine (224 hp) also joins the line-up.
In addition to the new E 350 (272 hp) Mercedes Benz is offering the new model E 280 in the E-Class from spring 2005. This is powered by a 231 hp six-cylinder engine developing a torque of 300 Nm. The new V6 thus betters the previous E 240 by more than 30% in output and 25% in torque.
With the new models E 280 CDI (190 hp) and E 320 CDI (224 hp), the diesel range in the E-Class is set to be even more attractive and dynamic.
The new SLK 280 will be launched in the SLK-Class in spring 2005. Equipped with the 231 hp V6 engine, this two-seater accelerates from standstill to 62.5 mph in just 6.3 seconds. The combined fuel consumption of the SLK 280 is 29.1 mpg.
For the UK, these new engines for C-Class, E-Class and SLK-Class will go on sale in June 2005 with exact pricing and specification to be announced closer to the time.Published 1 March 2005