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Mercedes E-Class scooped (2007)
04 December 2007 10:39
What’s this Bluetec stuff all about – mobile phones or something?
Er, no. That's Bluetooth. Bluetec uses a post-combustion urea treatment to further cleanse exhaust emissions and cut NOx levels in particular. And all diesels in the new E-class range will feature this technology, although there’s still internal debate at Mercedes UK about Bluetec’s arrival in the UK. Although emissions are cleaner, CO2 levels climb slightly which has higher cost implications for our CO2-based tax system. We expect Mercedes UK to bite the bullet and go fully Bluetec when the E-class arrives.
The diesel range will be headlined by an E300 Bluetec-hybrid that will emit just 134g/km, a CO2 figure more akin to a family hatchback than a large family saloon. All petrol engines will be direct injection CGI units and both diesel and petrol powerplants will be hooked up to a revised version of Mercedes’ 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic box. Here’s the line-up in detail…