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by Brett Davis

Mercedes-Benz has released its new range of uber-efficient four-cylinder diesel and petrol engine options for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class. New engines include the Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and the Mercedes-Benz E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and BlueEFFICIENCY petrol.

The new Mercedes-Benz E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY offers fuel economy improvements of up to 10 percent thanks to a number of engine revisions and the new 7G TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission and dynamic torque converter, as well as ECO start/stop technology.

The new transmission is available across the new E-Class range and has been developed to present less friction in all areas. There’s new bearings and seals and a thinner viscosity transmission oil. Changes to components also mean the transmission fluid now only needs to be changed every 125,000km.

The Mercedes-Benz E 250CDI BlueEFFICIENCY diesel engine produces 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque. It emits just 135g of CO2/km and has an average fuel consumption rating of 5.1L/100km – an improvement from the outgoing model which has an average rating of 5.9L/100km. Acceleration from 0-100km/h remains unchanged, rated at 7.7 seconds.

If you’re after a petrol version, the Mercedes-Benz E 250 BlueEFFICIENCY petrol comes with a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine producing 150kW of power and 310Nm of torque. It emits 166g of CO2/km and has an average fuel consumption rating of 7.2L/100km – down from 7.3L/100km. Acceleration from 0-100km/h remains unchanged, rated at 7.7 seconds.

Meanwhile, the entry-level Mercedes-Benz E 220 CDI comes with the same 2.1-litre engine as the E 250CDI, only it produces 125kW of power and 400Nm of torque. It emits 138g of CO2/km and offers an average fuel consumption rating of 5.2L/100km.

On top of these efficiency revisions, all new E-Class models come with a TFT colour display on the centre fascia, as well as a new DIRECT SELECT transmission feature which allows the driver to select gears via a column-shift-style lever behind the steering wheel.

Prices for the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class range are as follows (excluding on-road costs):

  • E 220 CDI: $84,800 (MLP)
  • E 250: $97,780 (MLP)
  • E 250 CDI: $101,005 (MLP)
  • E 350: $132,635 (MLP)
  • E 350 CDI: $136,485 (MLP)
  • E 500: $183,685 (MLP)



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