What is BlueTEC® Technology?
Diesel vehicles have long been immensely popular in Europe, and they are enjoying a resurgence in the United States. They are no longer the loud, dirty diesel of yesteryear – today’s diesel-powered vehicles run soft and strong, while providing fuel economy that is on par or better than many hybrid vehicles.
Leading the advances in diesel power is the company that originated the idea of using diesel in automobiles. Mercedes-Benz ushered in the diesel-powered automobile in 1936, with the introduction of the 260D. Even then, the diesel delivered great value, providing quality performance with better fuel economy than its fuel counterparts. Now, with the use of BlueTEC® Clean Diesel technology, diesels can now offer more than ever before.
What is BlueTec?
BlueTEC® is a combination of advanced diesel technologies that work together in harmony to improve performance and economy while lowering emissions. BlueTEC® components include:
- A high-pressure fuel injection system that optimizes injection pressure and rate for smooth, even operation.
- The use of a variable-vane turbocharger for more complete, powerful combustion.
- The use of AdBlue, a liquid solution that is injected into the exhaust. When this is done, the liquid converts nitrogen oxide emissions into harmless nitrogen and oxygen, greatly reducing the emissions output.
What are the Advantages of BlueTEC®?
There are numerous advantages to the BlueTEC® Clean Diesel technology. It starts at the fuel pumps – almost every BlueTEC® equipped vehicle offers a fuel economy that is six to eight miles per gallon better than equivalent gasoline-powered vehicles. For instance, the GLK250 BlueTec offers 24 miles to the gallon in the city and 33 miles to the gallon on the highway. The GLK 350, with the gasoline-powered engine, has the same capabilities, but gets only 19 miles to the gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. With diesel often cheaper than the premium gasoline that is recommended for use in our high-performance engines, this can add up to a more than a few dollars every fill-up.
Another advantage is its ease of adaptation, which has allowed us to use it across a wide variety of Mercedes vehicles. The BlueTEC® technology is in use in our E-Class Sedan, the GLE SUV, and the GLE- and GLK crossovers. This means that regardless of your needs, whether you are looking for a stylish sedan or a strong, versatile sport utility, diesel technology is at your fingertips.
You can’t overlook the performance advantage offered by diesel-powered vehicles either. For instance, in the GLE SUV, the diesel-powered GLE 300d offers 6,600 pounds of towing capacity, thanks to the 369 lb-ft of torque put out by the diesel engine. This is the same, which sports a V-6 gasoline engine. Sure, there may be a one-second difference in acceleration time from zero to 60 miles per hour, with the diesel being slower, but unless your daily commute involves Hollywood-style car chases, this is negligible.
Finally, we all love the environment, and the ability for BlueTEC® to break down the emissions into harmless elements is impossible to look past. The numerous emission reductions that filter out particulates and eliminate the harmful elements makes BlueTEC® engines some of the cleanest fuel-powered engines on the road.
At Mercedes-Benz of Massapequa, you can come take a look at the full line of vehicles that feature BlueTEC® Clean Diesel technology. Our sales staff will be happy to review the features of the technology, and walk you through everything else that a Mercedes-Benz has to offer. One test drive in a BlueTEC®-equipped vehicle, and we think you’ll find that your future may be diesel-powered.