|2012 Mercedes S350 sedan|
The S350 BlueTEC is Mercedes answer for these buyers. The S350 BlueTEC is powered by the same 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 which can also be found in the E-Class sedan and GL and ML SUVs in the USA. To position the S350 above the E-class Mercedes-Benz models, the company has fitted this large sedan with standard 4Matic all-wheel-drive. Even with its huge size and weight the S350 BlueTEC is rated by the EPA at a highly respectable 21 city / 31 mpg highway. That 31mpg highway fuel economy means that the S350 BlueTEC has a range of over 750 miles on a tank of fuel, making this car perhaps the ultimate long-distance interstate cruiser. While the V-6 diesel engine does not produce much in terms of horsepower (only 260 ponies are under the hood), the diesel's real shining quality is that it makes a massive 455 pounds of torque! Which makes passing on a two-lane road or on the freeway easy, especially for a 4500 pound car.
The only problem? The price. The base price of the diesel S-Class is over $94,500 dollars. But Mercedes move to make diesel power an option in the S-class could force BMW to offer a diesel powered 7-series sedan in America as a response - and perhaps we will see a diesel powered Audi A8 or Jaguar XJ sedan here too.
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