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North American Debuts for Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC, F-Cell at LA Auto show

The diesel-powered E350 BlueTEC and hydrogen fuel-cell-powered F-Cell will be making their North American debuts at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mercedes-Benz will also introduce its first hybrid SUV, the two-mode ML450 HYBRID, to the West Coast.

The E350 BlueTEC (earlier post) is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel with 210 hp (157 kW), 400 lb-ft (542 N·m) of torque and approximately 30% better fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine. With an AdBlue SCR system, the E350 BlueTEC will be available in all 50 states in Spring 2010.

The new Mercedes-Benz F-Cell (earlier post) will make its North American debut at the LA Show. The F-Cell car has a range of about 240 miles and, running on compressed hydrogen, offers an equivalent fuel mileage of 86.6 city-highway combined miles per gallon. In 2010, 200 production F-Cell cars will be delivered to customers in the US and Europe as part of a special lease program.

Making its West Coast debut at the LA Auto Show, the Mercedes-Benz ML450 HYBRID (earlier post) uses a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine and the two-mode hybrid system to produce more than 46% better fuel economy than a comparable V8-powered ML550 model. With both electric motors, the ML450 HYBRID has a total system performance of 335 hp (250 kW) and 381 lb-ft (517 N·m) of torque.


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