2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC sedan is certified for an eye opening 45 mpgUS highway! Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Sept. 20, 2013 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC sedan - $51,400 plus $925 D&H to start while sporting a 28/42 mpgUS city/highway rating. This is a whopping 45 percent more on the highway than the 1.8L gas engine variant currently being offered in the smaller C-Class! When equipped with optional 4MATIC AWD system ($53,900 to start plus $925 D&H), its fuel mileage numbers are still impressive at 27/42 mpgUS city/highway. Like all of the recent turbo diesel offerings, the E250 BlueTEC sedan will surely provide that and a whole lot more without effort. When a 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class pulls up to your home, a hotel, or the golf course, it says something more than this is just a car. It says “I have arrived”. As a stalwart of all things Mercedes, the E-Class just received something else that is far more exciting in my book. That is a European I-4 Super Diesel offering North American Mercedes customers something they have not experienced in quite a few years. That being exceptional fuel economy to rival and even best that of the best hybrids on the longer road trips while providing all of the panache that Mercedes Benz owners have come to expect. The Drivetrain The high-efficiency 195 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque 2.1L turbodiesel engine that powers the E250 BlueTEC consists of an all-aluminum block and head, in-line four with four valves per cylinder and dual overhead camshafts with variable valve timing. To smooth out the vibration of an in-line four, Mercedes has added two Lanchester balance shafts spinning at twice crankshaft speed. Fuel pressure for the BlueTEC direct fuel injection system is 28,400 psi. Higher ignition fuel pressure means the four piezo injectors can be adjusted even more precisely as engine load and speed change. The 2.1L I4 is mated to an advanced 7-speed automatic with both an Economy and Sport mode. With the base P245/45R17 ContiProContacts, .73 7th gear ratio and tall 2.23:1 final, this little beauty is running at just over 1,275 RPM at 60 mph! Yet another manufacturer who really gets it! With its 21.1 gallon spec tank, the 2014 E250 BlueTEC will pop out over 900 miles without trying and should punch out 1,300 miles without refueling when pushed! This from a full sized luxury sedan? Damn! 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC engine bay The all-new (for North America) 2.1L Super Diesel from Mercedes. Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) or AdBlue The E250 BlueTEC meets exhaust emission regulations in all 50 U.S. states thanks to the use of DEF injection into a Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) system. The water-based urea solution is carried in its own small tank and metered into the exhaust in exacting quantities. The tank is large enough so that it only needs to be refilled during a standard oil change interval. Safety The new E-Class offers more than 30 standard and optional active and passive safety systems under its Intelligent Drive comfort and safety portfolio. The Driver Assistance Package ($2800) includes the following: DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist: A radar-based cruise control system with semiautonomous steering inputs that can work from 0-124 mph depending on road conditions PRE-SAFE Brake with pedestrian detection A radar and stereo cameras detect vehicles and pedestrians in front of the vehicle and can adjust braking according to the situation, and apply full brakes if necessary PRE-SAFE PLUS: A rear-facing radar that senses possible rear collisions and prepares the vehicle to help reduce the injury risk for the passengers in a rear-end collision BAS PLUS with Cross Traffic Assist: reads cross-traffic encounters with stereo cameras and adds appropriate brake assistance Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Protection: The system assists by corrective one-sided braking In addition, along with ABS and Brake Asssist (BA), the E250 BlueTEC arrives with Adaptive braking technology. If you lift off the accelerator quickly, Predictive Brake Priming sets the pads closer to the discs for more immediate response when you apply the brakes. In the rain, Automatic Brake Drying periodically applies the brakes just enough to sweep water build-up from the discs. During uphill starts, Hill-Start Assist helps prevent unwanted rollback. And a brake HOLD feature can make long red lights or stopped traffic a little easier. Interior The full-sized interior of the new E-Class has been fitted with premium materials with a modern. A new feature is the two-part trim extending across the entire soft-touch dashboard, which is available in two wood finishes – burl walnut or black ash. Also new are the 3-tube instrument cluster, the trapezoidal head-unit display, the air vent design and the analogue clock between the two central vents. Inside the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC sedan The 2014 E-Class provides the "Lap of luxury". The new 2014 E-Class is sized appropriately for its class with a comfortable 109.1 cu. ft. passenger volume and very generous 15.9 cu. ft. trunk. Early Conclusions I do not know what to think. 2-years ago, the first European turbo diesel offerings were really good but they were not about to upset the low fuel consumption and pricing of hybrids and conventional vehicles of the era. Today with the availability of the 2013 VW Passat TDI, 2014 BMW 328d, Audi Q5 TDI quattro, A6 TDI quattro, A7 TDI quattro and A8 L TDI quattro, and now the Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTEC sedan, my old favorites are fast becoming green washed embarrassments. Especially considering that a turbo diesel’s EPA certification is so conservative by comparison to a hybrids or non-hybrids. I mean really, this is almost scary how good these German turbo diesels are! They will make mince meat of every other offering on the road other including the Prius Liftback in some drive scenarios and they are much better vehicles to drive at that. While some have predicted the days of the internal combustion engine are numbered, the German’s said screw that and here is what we have provided European’s for years. It is about time and it is great to be able to choose from a vast array of super cars that all just so happen to limit the damage at the pump by comparison to their gasoline fueled counterparts. Diesel in America is back. Any questions?