Mercedes-Benz S-Class and M-Class models named “Winners in Green” by Auto Test

Article by Anita Panait, on January 1, 2012

Mercedes-Benz’s S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY luxury vehicle and ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC SUV were handed the “Winners in Green” awards from the publication AUTO TEST. The awards came following recognitions from the ÖkoTrend institute that the cars are the most environmentally friendly in their respective classes.

Both cars are powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine with direct injection and turbocharging.  The engine has a displacement of 2143 cc, delivering 204 horsepower of output and 500 newton meters of torque.  With this engine spec, the S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY could go from zero to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds, while ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC is a little slower at 9.0 seconds.

The S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY consumes 5.7 liters per 100 km combined with CO2 emissions of 149 g/km combined. The ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC, meanwhile, uses up 6.0 litres per 100 km combined with CO2 emissions of 158 g/km combined.

ÖkoTrend institute has been ranking cars according to their environmental impact since 1997. The institute gathers and assesses information on fuel consumption, pollutant emissions as well as other environment-related categories.

Since its launch, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class has been setting new SUV benchmarks. Thus, it is not surprising the third generation of new SUV would also set new benchmarks. Its state-of-the-art automotive technology is allowing the new M-Class to offer excellent driving dynamics and energy efficiency, superior passive safety and ride comfort and a revised interior design.

The third-generation M-Class marks the first time that Mercedes-Benz was able to drastically reduce fuel consumption with an SUV model change – it consumes 25 percent less fuel than the previous model. These are all thanks to its ultramodern engines, extensive BlueEFFICIENCY measures and a best-in-class coefficient of drag value of 0.32.

In addition, the new M-Class makes use of new development tools like the "energy-transparent vehicle." In particular, the new Mercedes ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC is around 28 percent more fuel efficient than its predecessor, as it consumes only 6 liters of fuel per 100 km on the NEDC driving cycle. This means it could travel up to 1500 kilometers while consuming just a single tank of fuel and emitting 158 grams of carbon dioxide per km.

Of course, the new Mercedes-Benz M-Class is the realization of Mercedes-Benz’s holistic safety concept of Real Life Safety that is based on what occurs during a real accident.

The new M-Class delivers a high level of occupant protection thanks to its high-strength passenger cell as well as front and rear deformation zones. Likewise, the new M-Class is backed by assistance systems found in its Mercedes siblings, especially the S-Class and E-Class.

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