Emissions, emissions, emissions. We have been hearing a lot about this issue lately, and we know that automakers dread it too, as it is the worst thing that could happen right now for their business.
This time, the victim of emissions would be Mercedes-Benz and now they have to halt the production of their E350d in Germany. This is because they have to implement some changes to the 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel so it produces less NOx emissions. The company's plan is too fit in a selective catalytic reduction system with more surface area, maximizing the company's AdBlue after-treatment fluid, but Mercedes will still inject the same amount of AdBlue in the system.
Autocar said that it will take a few weeks for Mercedes to do the engine tweaks. Currently, the 3.0 liter V6 produces 258 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and 457 pound feet (620 Newton metres) of torque. The company makes it clear that the only affected engines are the ones on sale in the market since May.
All in all, Mercedes-Benz will have to recall around 3 million diesel-powered vehicles in Europe so they could install the software patch. Rather than saying that the company had done something wrong, Mercedes said that they want to make use of the latest knowledge that they gained during development of the new diesel engines instead. This move by Mercedes will cost them an estimate of $255 million (€220 million).
As for the United States market, Mercedes did not push through with certifying diesel engines for the market for the 2017 model. Though these powerplants may return on a later date, the odds don't look so good. This is also because diesel engines aren't picking up so well in the US market, and it is mostly used in the pickup segment.
In contrast to that, the company still has plans to roll out the new 3.0 liter inline-six engine that’s more efficient than its predecessor, so they cannot get rid of diesel engines completely. Furthermore, Daimler said that it is worth fighting for diesel engines, as he refers to the automaker's financial sales for the second quarter of the year, last July
The good thing about Mercedes is that they took action with regards to their diesel engines, even before someone complains about it, which will make the issue worse for them. You would rather admit or confess something that you did wrong, before someone finds out and exposes your dirty secrets, right?
Again, we do not know yet when the E350d will be back in the market, but stay tuned as we update you on this matter.