2011 Detroit Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The German automaker brings the S-Class oil-burner back to the States.
- Available at U.S. dealers in late summer as a 2012 model.
- S-Class range now includes gasoline, diesel and hybrid variants in the U.S.
DETROIT — Mercedes-Benz is bringing the big S-Class diesel back to the U.S. — specifically, the S350 Bluetec 4Matic, which is slated to arrive at dealers in late summer as a 2012 model.
The return of the Grosser diesel will give the German automaker gasoline, diesel and hybrid variants of the S-Class in the U.S.
Mercedes spokesman Dan Barile told Edmunds.com at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show that the S-Class diesel model will cost about the same as the S400 Hybrid.
The 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec 4Matic is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that makes 240 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The company says 0-60 acceleration takes only 7.0 seconds, with top speed electronically limited to 130 miles per hour.
Mercedes-Benz says the S350 Bluetec already meets new EU6 emissions standards planned for Europe in 2014.
Edmunds.com says: You could call it Big Blue . . . but the name's already taken. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent