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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 91TTZ on 5/20/2013 7:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
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Also, a lot of cars require premium unleaded. Where I live, diesel is only $0.10/gallon more than premium, yet my TDI is getting nearly 74% better MPG (yes, 74%...I went from 23MPG car requiring premium unleaded to my 40MPG VW Golf TDI) than my previous car.


It sounds like you're comparing two completely different cars.

Let's compare the same car:

2012 Golf 2.5L regular gasoline: 23/26/33
2012 Golf 2.0L diesel fuel: 30/34/42

So the diesel version of your car gets about 27% better fuel economy than the version that takes regular gas. Diesel costs about 10% more. The diesel version of the car costs about $7,000 more. I know you get better wheels and stuff, but you're still paying a lot more.

That being said, I rented a VW Golf TDI and I loved it. It handled great and was torquey.


RE: Puts VW's 2.0-liter to shame
By L1011 on 5/21/2013 9:52:17 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, I was comparing my TDI to my previous car.

I respectfully disagree about the diesel costing $7,000 more than the gasoline VW Golf. I got my TDI with everything except the Tech Package (LED running lights, DynAudio, but my car does have Navigation) brand new last October for $26,400. An equivalent non-TDI Golf was $23,995. The TDI was about a $2,400 premium.


RE: Puts VW's 2.0-liter to shame
By 91TTZ on 5/22/2013 9:29:20 AM , Rating: 2
That's not too bad then.


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