Flagship S Class Gets Two Fuel-Efficient Diesels

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Mercedes-Benz S300 BlueTEC Hybrid and S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC may or may not make it to US.

After adding two line-topping S Class models - the S600 and S65AMG - Mercedes-Benz has announced two additional engines have been added to thealready burgeoning family. Currently earmarked only for Europe, theBlueTEC Hybrid differs from the S500 Plug-In Hybrid; its electric engine onlyserving to assist the 2.2-liter diesel engine during acceleration and for breakingenergy recovery. According to European testing, the car will provide a combinedcycle of 54mpg.

The other new model, the S350 BlueTEC 4Matic, will boast aturbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6, mated to Benz’s 4Matic all-wheel-drive. With 258horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque, it's rated at 40 mpg in European testing,reaching top speeds of 155 mph. Both of these new environmentally-friendlyflagships will come in short and long wheelbase versions. While neither modelhas been confirmed for the US as of yet, they will both hit Europeandealerships this coming March. Expect at least the S350 BlueTEC to make its Americandebut later this year as a 2015 model.

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