Despite the trouble other European manufacturers like Volkswagen and Fiat may be having with diesel emissions, Mercedes-Benz has remained adamant that its diesels are fully compliant. The company looks set to double-down on those claims with the billion dollar launch of an all-new, all-turbodiesel engine family.
Codenamed OM654, the latest Mercedes-Benz built 2.0-liter diesel offers 191 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. That’s nearly 25 more HP than before from an engine that weighs 76 lbs. less and delivers a 13% improvement in fuel economy than the outgoing “advanced” 2.0 diesel.
All of that should help make the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E220D- the first production car to get the engine when it goes on sale in Europe later this year- a pretty fun car.
Fun or not, though, the new Mercedes diesels will doubtless be subjected to independent testing. To prepare for this inevitability, Mercedes is using a new type of “selective catalytic reduction” (SCR) converter. The company says the SCRs will help to eliminate the sort of nitrous oxide emissions that have caused VW so many recent troubles.
Time will tell if Mercedes gets caught with its TDI pants down, I guess. In the meantime, check out these pretty engine pictures and let us know what you think of MB’s “clean” diesels in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Mercedes-Benz’ New Diesel Engine Family
Source | Images: Mercedes-Benz, via MBWorld.