E 200 NGT BlueEFFICIENCY: luxury class with bivalent natural gas drive
The E 200 NGT BlueEFFICIENCY with bivalent natural gas drive rounds off the comprehensive update to the engine range for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The 120 kW (163 hp) four-cylinder in the Saloon can be operated on both premium petrol and natural gas. The advantage in natural gas mode is more than 20 percent lower CO2 emissions and considerably cleaner exhaust gases than with petrol or diesel fuel, as well as around 50 percent lower fuel costs compared to petrol operation. Operating range in natural gas mode is around 360 kilometres (224 miles). Should the gas tank be empty, the vehicle automatically switches to petrol operation. This increases the range of the only bivalent natural gas model in the luxury class to over 1000 kilometres (621 miles). The engine management system allows a smooth, jerk-free changeover from premium petrol to gas and vice versa at any time – also when on the move.
In addition to the petrol tank, three natural gas tanks are safely accommodated – one behind the rear seat backrest and two under the boot floor. They have a combined capacity of 121.5 litres (32 gal) of natural gas, corresponding to 19.5 kilograms (43 lbs). Compared to the preceding model, fuel consumption in petrol operation has been reduced by 13 percent to 8.1 l/100 km (29.03 mpg/US, 12.34 km/l) (NEDC combined). In natural gas operation, the consumption of the E 200 NGT BlueEFFICIENCY has fallen by 0.6 kilograms to 5.5 kilograms per 100 kilometres (62 miles). This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 149 grams per kilometre.
Comfort and design: perfected in detail
In addition to the new engine/powertrain features, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class now has new interior and exterior details. These include the full-colour TFT display in the instrument cluster, which is also capable of showing three-dimensional graphics. Another new feature is the standard DIRECT-SELECT selector lever for 7G-TRONIC PLUS on the steering column – also in the four-cylinder models. The driver is able to select transmission positions “P”, “N”, “R” and “D” by nudging a selector on the steering column. The operating commands are transmitted electronically, by cable. The package includes steering wheel gearshift paddles. Another standard feature in the ELEGANCE line is the luxury front head restraint, whose side bolsters can be adjusted as required.
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