A little bit frightened by the Dieselgate scandal, Mercedes is announcing important updates for one of its most sold diesel in Europe. Mercedes says that already fulfils the stricter emission limits planned for the EU as of September 2017.

The market launch of the completely newly developed four-cylinder diesel engine OM 654 is in the new E-Class. The E220d now consumes as little as 3.9 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, although the engine is more powerful than its predecessor: it jumped to 195 hp compared with the old 170 hp. This corresponds with CO2 emissions of 102 grams per kilometre.

The new four-cylinder engine is the first member of a modular engine family that will be applied throughout the entire portfolios of Mercedes-Benz Cars and also at Mercedes-Benz Vans. Several levels of power output are planned, as well as longitudinal and transverse installation in vehicles with front-, rear- and all-wheel drive. In this way, Mercedes-Benz will equip its entire range of diesel cars in Europe with this latest engine generation including SCR technology (selective catalytic reduction) by 2019 at the latest.

For the further improvement of environmental compatibility, Mercedes-Benz plans the large-scale use of particulate filters also for gasoline engines – the first manufacturer to do so. After more than two years of positive field tests with the Mercedes-Benz S 500, additional versions of the S-Class with gasoline engines are to be equipped with this new technology with the next model upgrade. That will be followed by gradual implementation in further new models, model upgrades and new engine generations. After that, particulate filters will also be applied in the current model ranges.