Mercedes S-Calss Diesel Coming to U.S.

2011 Mercedes S-Class
In brief: Daimler (Mercedes) has debuted their planned U.S. release model for the diesel-powered S-Class.

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Make/Model: S-Class
Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz

The word

2011 S-Class

The diesel-powered all-wheel-drive (AWD) S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC as a 2012 model will become available later this year. This marks the return of the S-Class diesel to the American market after decades of absence.

The S350 will be powered by a 3.0L V6 turbodiesel that outputs 240hp and 455lb-ft (617Nm) of torque. It accelerates from 0-60mph in 7 seconds and has a top speed of 130mph.

It also features a urea-selective catalytic reduction emissions aftertreatment system (AdBlue) which is injected into the exhaust flow. The mixture is replenished every 10,000 miles as regular maintenance. AdBlue converts up to 80% of the vehicle's NOx into inert nitrogen and water, allowing the car to be one of the first to comply with 2014 EU6 standards.

The S350 also features the latest 4MATIC AWD system as part of the 7-speed automatic transmission.

And so ...

Daimler has not released the fuel economy numbers for the sedan, but given that the S-Class has the same drag coefficient as a Prius and that this diesel is very efficient, it's likely to have 40mpg or better highway.

Photo credits: Daimler

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