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2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class gets turbodiesel engine with S350 BlueTEC model

Turbodiesel engines are extremely popular in Europe, and even the high-end luxury cars are equipped with them. In the US and Canada, however, very manufacturers dare to offer diesel-powered cars; several reasons could be cited, and one of those is the public’s perception of the diesel engine itself.

2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC (Photo: Mercedes-Benz)

For 2012, Mercedes-Benz is once again daring to offer a turbodiesel 6-cylinder in the S-Class sedan. The modern V6 engine features 24 valves, direct injection, a 3.0-litre displacement and cuts down on harmful emissions with the use of AdBlue additive. In the S-Class, the turbodiesel mill produces 240 horsepower and a stump-pulling 455 lb-ft of torque; that’s 40 ponies and 55 lb-ft more than in the E-Class BlueTEC, and the S350 also adds the brand’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.

The S-Class hasn’t offered a diesel engine option in the US and Canada since the 1996 model year. Back then, its 3.4-litre turbodiesel inline-6 produced a meagre 148 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque; quite a difference with today. According to the US fuel economy ratings (stricter than Canada’s current ratings), the S350 can achieve 31 US mpg on the highway (7.6 L/100 km).

2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC (Photo: Mercedes-Benz)

Despite the addition of the BlueTEC model, the S400 Hybrid will continue to be offered in the line-up.

For 2012, the S-Class gets some other changes as well. Among them, the S550 4MATIC swaps its 382-horsepower, 5.5-litre naturally-aspirated V8 for a twin-turbo, direct-injected 4.6-litre V8 that develops 429 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque; 32 percent more power, but 20% less fuel consumption.

2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC (Photo: Mercedes-Benz)

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