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Mercedes prepares to crush all rivals

The fuel economy wars are heating up, and we can partially thank (or blame depending on your view point) the U.S. government for increasing fuel efficiency. According to Edmunds, Mercedes Benz is looking to significantly boost fuel efficiency for the turbodiesel variant of its restyled 2014 E-Class luxury sedan.
 
The outgoing 2013 E350 Bluetec features a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that produces 206 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. It's enough to give the 4,000-lb sedan EPA ratings of 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.
 
However, the new 2014 E250 Bluetec 4Matic gives up two cylinders and a bit of power and torque to significantly boost highway fuel economy. The 2.1-liter, 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine uses twin sequential turbochargers to generate 195 hp and a still impressive 369 lb-ft of torque, however, highway fuel economy skyrockets to 45 mpg.


2014 Mercedes E-Class
 
Projected city and combined fuel rating are not available, but we expect those figure to rise sharply as well.
 
The 45 mpg highway rating makes the E250 Bluetec 4Matic even more fuel efficient than the lighter, less powerful Volkswagen Passat TDI which has an EPA highway rating of 43 mpg. And as its name implies, the E250 Bluetec 4Matic manages that lofty figure with the added heft of an all-wheel-drive system.
 
Mercedes has yet to announce pricing for the 2014 E250 Bluetec 4Matic, but the 2013 model starts at a $52,200 and lacks AWD.

Source: Edmunds



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RE: Puts VW's 2.0-liter to shame
By Lord 666 on 5/20/2013 4:02:54 PM , Rating: 2
In order of importance; safety/crash test performance, fuel economy, North East drivability.

After friends kid became unilaterally paralyzed by being t-boned, sold my Accord looking for something side impact safer. It was between the Jetta TDI and E350 CDI because both had side rear airbags in 2006. Jetta won out because the CDI only came in RWD.

Fast forward to 2013, and the Passat TDI does not come in AWD nor available with rear side airbags. Assuming the E250 would have rear side airbags.

The A6 TDI would be more fun and comes out around the same time as the E250, but it should cost a bit more.


RE: Puts VW's 2.0-liter to shame
By Spuke on 5/20/2013 4:23:37 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks for the reply. I did find a link (DT wouldn't let me post it) that listed rear side airbags as optional for the 2014. I would assume that would be for all models.


RE: Puts VW's 2.0-liter to shame
By Spuke on 5/20/2013 4:24:47 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and I think the A6 TDI would be more fun (whenever it shows up anyways).


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