DETROIT -- Mercedes-Benz promises big fuel-economy improvements from the next-generation E class.
On average, gasoline-powered versions of the car, which goes on sale in March in Europe, will consume 20 percent less fuel. Diesel variants will use 23 percent less fuel than the current models.
For example, Mercedes says the 220CDI's new 170hp, four-cylinder diesel will burn 5.3 liters of fuel per l00 kilometers and have CO2 emissions of 139 grams per kilometer. By comparison, the current 220CDI needs 6.1 liters per 100km and emits 160g/km.
To generate some early excitement about the key model, Daimler provided a sneak preview of the new E class at a hotel here.
The car was not displayed at the auto show because Daimler does not want to risk slowing U.S. sales of the current-generation E class.
The new E class makes its official world debut in March at the Geneva auto show.
Mercedes will unveil four-door sedan and two-door coupe versions of the car in Switzerland. The automaker will display convertible and station wagon variants of the E class at the IAA in Frankfurt in September.