Mercedes Launches New R, ML & GL-Class BlueTEC Diesel Models For the States

With gas prices in the US (and elsewhere) going up and up everyday, modern diesel powered cars are definitely a viable short term solution, especially in the States where buyers continue to show their preference in large SUVs. Mercedes-Benz on its behalf announced today that it is offering three new diesel powered models, the R 320 BlueTEC, ML 320 BlueTEC and GL 320 BlueTEC that will initially be available exclusively in America.

All three SUV/Crossovers are powered by a new, clean 3.0-liter V6 BlueTEC diesel engine equipped with AdBlue injection technology. The AdBlue system is an aqueous urea solution carried in an auxiliary tank that’s injected into the hot, pre-treated exhaust gases. It helps reduce the nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen when exhaust gases containing nitrogen oxides flow through the catalytic converter. As a result the three new SUVs achieve are able to better the stringent Bin 5 limits applicable in the USA, and also have the potential to meet the coming EU6 standards. -Continued

The V6 diesel engine has an output 211 hp and develops a maximum torque figure of 540 Nm or 398 lb-ft. Mercedes-Benz promises an advantage of around 20 to 40 percent in terms of fuel consumption versus a comparable petrol model. For example, Merc announces that the GL 320 BlueTEC consumes 9.5 litres of diesel fuel per 100 kilometres (25 mpg).