Mercedes debuts new, efficient, four-cylinder E-Class models

Mercedes-Benz is adding to the engine line-up for the new E-Class by introducing two economical four-cylinder models.

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Mercedes-Benz E 200 CDI
Don't expect to see the new E200 CDI or it's CGI sibling on North American roads anytime soon. Daimler AG

Mercedes-Benz has announced the addition of new four-cylinder E 200 CDI and CGI BlueEfficiency models to the European 2010 E-Class lineup.

The thrifty E 200 CDI is powered by a common-rail, direct-injected, 2.1-liter, diesel engine that outputs 136-horsepower and a staggering 365 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 62 mph happens in a decent 10.2 seconds, but what's most impressive is the 45.2 mpg that it averages while doing so.

Those who want a little bit more speed can hit 62 mph in 8.7 seconds in the E 200 CGI, which is powered by a turbocharged, direct-injected. 1.8-liter gasoline engine that makes 184-horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque while averaging 32.7 mpg on the EU combined-driving cycle.

Along with the new engines, the new E 200 models will also be available with driver assistance systems, such as drowsiness detection, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, and automatic emergency braking, which can help to prevent accidents.

The new E-Class four-bangers start at 38,734 euros (approximately $55,042) for the E 200 CDI BlueEfficiency and 39,508 euros (approximately $56,140) for the E 200 CGI BlueEfficiency. The models are expected to be available in Europe only, as early as September 2009.