Natural Gas-Powered 2013 Mercedes E200 NGD
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Mercedes has built a gasoline/natural gas hybrid to be released for sale in December 2013 at a cost of around $63,700. It will feature 20 percent less CO2 emissions and can cut fuel cost as much as 50 percent. The Mercedes E200 NGD is powered by a spray-guided direct injection, in-line four-cylinder engine that has 156 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, at 1,250 rpm.
To improve mileage, the E200 has an ECO start / stop system that efficiently operates the drive system to reduce fuel consumption 20 percent from the previous model. The E200 has been given an A+ efficiency rating while in natural gas mode, and a B rating using gasoline. Both modes meet the 2015 EU6 standard for fuel efficiency.
There are two cylinders under the floor of the trunk and one behind the rear backrest, enabling the E200 to have a driving range of around 994 miles using both the 32 gallons of natural gas and the optional 21-gallon fuel tank.
When the natural gas tanks are empty, it will automatically switch to gasoline power. With the new high-tech four-cylinder, it is estimated around 40 mpg combined. The E200 is currently the only luxury vehicle to offer this option.
Performance is lacking compared to most vehicles. A 10.4 second 0-60 time and a top speed of 136 seems sluggish, but factor in the driving range of the E200, it is acceptable.
The Mercedes E-class has also been through some exterior revisions. It features a one-piece headlight assembly, LED daytime running lights, and two different grill options. A classic sedan three-louver grill with the Mercedes star emblem located on the hood on the luxury models, and a sporty grill with the emblem integrated in the grill itself on the sport models.
Other Mercedes engine options include a 302 hp V-6 in the E350, a 402 hp V-8 in the E500, or a 190 hp four-cylinder diesel in the E250 Blue TEC.
Mercedes has always been known to most people, as well as myself, as a high end luxury vehicle, appealing to business owners and comfort minded motorist alike. But now with the new E200 natural gas drive, Mercedes is becoming an attraction to economist and environmentalist as well.
I know from my own long distance travels that comfort is a must. The thought of traveling 900 miles or so and not having to stop for fuel is a bonus, so having a comfortable and enjoyable ride to go along with it in my opinion gets a thumbs up.
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