Mercedes-Benz was the first luxury automaker to re-introduce a diesel sedan in the U.S. with the 2005 E320 CDI. Fast forward eight years and Mercedes-Benz’s diesel lineup has grown to include the GLK-Class, GL-Class, M-Class, and S-Class. But the one who started it all is still kicking around in Mercedes-Benz lineup, albeit with a new name and more power; the 2013 E350 BlueTEC sedan.
The E350 BlueTEC uses a turbocharged 3.0L diesel V6 engine that makes 210 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. That is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. EPA rates the 2013 E350 BlueTEC sedan at 22 City/32 Highway/25 Combined. Don’t think the E350 BlueTEC is a slowpoke though. Mercedes-Benz estimates 0-60 MPH takes about 6.7 seconds, which is 0.2 second slower than the E350 gasoline sedan. So what about BlueTEC? What is that? BlueTEC refers to certain components in the engine that helps make the exhaust much cleaner for the environment.
The E350 BlueTEC’s exterior is one of understated luxury. You have a set of daytime LED running lights, aggressive front bumper, bold shoulder line along the side, twin exhaust outlets, and most important, the three-pointed star. Inside, you find a set of comfortable heated leather seats, Mercedes-Benz’s COMMAND infotainment system with navigation, rear privacy curtain, and a number of safety features.
A 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTEC will set you back $52,200. There really isn’t any direct competition for the E350 BlueTEC till Audi introduces the new A6 TDI to the public later this year.