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Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Sacrilege, 4-cylinder model on its way!

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz is doing the “unthinkable” and developing a 4-cylinder variant of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class!

At the Paris Auto Show last week, Zetsche announced that the Mercedes S-class luxury sedan will be sold with a four-cylinder engine for the first time in the brand’s 60 year history.

“Some might call this sacrilege – we call it progress,” Zetsche told reporters at the press presentation of the S class. “We want to be efficiency world champions … and we will be.”

Zetsche’s statement comes after BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said that he plans to cut the company’s three-brand fleet CO2 emissions by at least 25% by 2020. Fuel-efficiency features are abound in late model European cars, as European regulations set to take effect in 2012 will require higher levels of efficiency.