As the Los Angeles Motor Show inches ever closer, more announcements are being made about exciting new vehicles with a distinctly green theme that will debut at the event.
Among them are two new vehicles from Mercedes Benz – the diesel-powered E350 BlueTEC and the hydrogen fuel cell powered F-Cell, both of which will be making their North American debuts at the event.
The E350 BlueTEC is powered by a 3.0litre V6 diesel engine with 210hp and 542Nm of torque. It achieves around 30 per cent better fuel economy than a comparable petrol engine and includes an AdBlue SCR system. It will be available from spring 2010.
The Mercedes Benz F-Cell meanwhile, has a range of around 240 miles and offers an equivalent fuel mileage of 86.6 city-highway combined miles per gallon when running on compressed hydrogen. It is expected that 200 of the vehicles will be delivered to customers around the US and Europe as part of a lease programme.
Another debutant from Mercedes, at the event, will be the ML450 Hybrid – which will be making its first appearance on the West Coast. It uses a 3.5litre V6 petrol engine, along with a two-mode hybrid system, and produces more than 46 per cent better fuel economy that a comparable V8 ML550 model.