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Mercedes-Benz E 220 d L 2 web

The refinement levels are definitely up a notch and then some. The peak torque thunders strong as the digital needle approaches 2,000 rpm. It will go from 40 to 80 km/h in less than four seconds, making highway overtaking manoeuvres a breeze. Yet, inside, there’s the sense of unruffled calm. It can corner too; the steel suspension with smart dampers making every undulation an unimportant side-show freak, sometimes with cut scenes. Again, this is more of a back-seat car. It’s stretched out so you can travel while doing just the same. The reclining seats and generous knee-room, with those heavenly soft head-rest pillows make every trip, long or short, immensely comfortable.

Then there’s the other half of the equation: cost. First, acquisition. The E 220 d L is available from Rs 57.14 lakh (ex-showroom). Second, running. The new engine is extremely frugal, delivering 12 km/l in the city and 18 on the highway. That’s good for an overall 13.5 km/l 3:1 city to highway. Factor in the 66-litre tank and that’s a range of 900 km ― on one tank! Third, maintenance. The new service packages from Mercedes-Benz India start from just over Rs 76,000, and an ‘Advanced Assurance’ programme, from just over Rs 75,000, can offer an extended warranty for up to six years.

Needless to say, it’s a sensible car. It puts the ‘E’ in elegant and takes forward the class as well. It’s everything a modern executive luxury car should be, and, lest we forget, it carries one of the most revered badges, too. Mercedes have delivered.

Mercedes-Benz E 220 d L 4 5 web

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Turning Diesel Over – OM654

Motorenworkshop und Motorenprüfstand des neuen OM 654

The OM 654 is the first Mercedes diesel engine to use all-aluminium construction, bringing down the weight of the engine by 17 per cent, from 202.8 kg to 168.4 kg. Steel pistons with stepped combustion bowls sit in 82-mm bores (-1.0 mm) and travel 92.3 mm (-6.7 mm). Total displacement of this new modular form of engine is 1,950 cc, down 193 cc on the old OM 651 2,143-cc unit. The spacing between cylinders is now 90 mm against 94 mm. Furthermore, fourth-generation common-rail direct injection is used.

In 220 d guise, the output is 143 kW (194 PS, at 3,800 rpm) and 400 Nm (peaking between 1,600 and 2,800 rpm), although Mercedes say that the peak specific output of the engine is rated at 90 kW (122 PS/litre). Juicy!

The new 350 d and 400 d iteration of the new S-Class will use six of these cylinders for a displacement of 2,925 cc, replacing the existing 3.0-litre V6 in a phased manner, starting with the new V/W/X222 S-Class.

 

About the author: Jim Gorde

 

Automotive Correspondent at Bike India and Car India.
Believes that learning never stops. Loves V8 engines as much as a good breakfast.
t: @BikeIndia / @CarIndia

 

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