Brazil - Mercedes-Benz readying flex-fuel engine for 2015 C-Class

20/01/2014 - 11:38 | ,   | Karthik H

Mercedes-Benz will locally manufacture the 2015 C-Class in Brazil and the C180 model will have a flex-fuel engine. The German company's global vice president for products, Carsten Oder, spoke with Carros.UOL on the sidelines of the Detroit Auto show, confirming the development. The C-Class's competitor, BMW's 320i already features a flex-fuel engine in Brazil.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C Class at 2014 NAIAS doors open
Mercedes is developing a flex-fuel engine for the 2015 C-Class in Brazil to compete with the flex-fuel engined BMW 320i.

Oder said that the C180, currently powered by an imported 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine that develops 158 hp, will be powered by a flex-fuel engine, without giving away powertrain stats. Oder had also confirmed that the same flex-fuel engine would also power the GLA.

The C-Class and GLA models will be manufactured at Mercedes-Benz' upcoming plant near Sao Paulo at an investment of 170 million Euros (Rs 1,417 crore). The plant will roll out its first car in 2016 and it will have a production capacity of 20,000 units per annum.

Mercedes GLA Front
Both the C180 and the GLA will get the same flex-fuel engine.

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class was announced last December and made its global debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show last week. The 2015 C-Class is built on Mercedes' MRA architecture. The GLA, on the other hand, had made its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.

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