Mercedes-Benz G-Class strikes with BlueTEC version
Mercedes-Benz has released the latest version of the classic G-Class off-roader, which is now fitted with the state-of-the-art BlueTEC technology. This technology is specially developed to reduce exclusively the diesel vehicle's emissions, especially nitrogen oxide (NOx).
The new G-Class BlueTEC utilizes AdBlue®, an aqueous urea solution which is injected into the exhaust-gas stream. This process releases ammonia, which converts up to 80 per cent of the nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen and water by a process of reduction in the downstream SCR catalytic converter. Since the G-Class is often used in difficult of access areas around the world, the engineers have simplified matters by integrating the AdBlue® filler cap in the vehicle's outside tank recess. One full tank of AdBlue® is good for around 12,000 kilometers.
The Mercedes-Benz G350 BlueTEC is powered by a V6 diesel power unit capable to deliver 210 horsepower (155 kW) at 3400 rpm and maximum torque of 540 Nm between 1600 and 2400 rpm. This model therefore produces substantially fewer emissions than the previous G350 CDI model – undercutting the limits of the EU5 standard and, in particular, reducing NOx emissions by around 50 % – yet still delivers comparable performance.
Standard features on the new G-Class are the electronically controlled traction system 4ETS, the Electronic Stability Program ESP® and three differential locks selectable at the push of a button, permanent all-wheel drive with off-road ratio and the 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic transmission.