Mercedes-Benz said there will be big fuel-economy improvements from the next-generation E class at a presentation in a hotel near the Detroit auto show.
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 current models.
For example, Mercedes says the 220CDIs 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 to journalists at the hotel presentation.