Lost in the hype surrounding the 2011 Detroit Auto Show was Mercedes-Benz’ introduction of a new diesel version of the company’s flagship S Class sedans. The new S350 Bluetec is the first diesel-engined flagship from Mercedes to be sold Stateside in decades, and one-ups the clean diesel efforts from rival carmakers BMW and Audi (who do not offer a diesel option in their 7 series and 8 series flagship sedans).
Mercedes-Benz USA has yet to release technical specifications about the new S350 Bluetec – but it is powered by the same 3.5-liter turbocharged six-cylinder currently making a business case for diesel in MB’s E, M, and GL Class vehicles. When it goes on sale in the next few months, the new S350 will compete with the S400 hybrid (which came to the US last year) and SLS-E for the title of “cleanest Mercedes”. It’ll be interesting to see how they all stack up!