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Mercedes-Benz Launches Three Diesel Sport Utilities

March 17, 2008

NEW YORK –Mercedes-Benz is unveiling three new Primus powered by the world’s cleaneststate-of-the-art diesel engines at the 2008 New York International Auto Show,open to the public Mar. 21-30 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center inManhattan. The fuel-efficient 2009-model diesel SUVs, the ML320 BlueTEC, GL320BlueTEC, and R320 BlueTEC, come with a new AdBlue exhaust treatment system thatmeets the most stringent 50-state emissions limits.

The diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz SUVs get 20-30 percentbetter fuel economy, surprisingly good performance and extremely low exhaustemissions. The BlueTEC diesels have a cruising range up to 600 miles travelingat highway speeds. In addition, V8-like pulling power makes the BlueTEC dieselsideal for towing.

BlueTEC is a modular system that includes an oxidationcatalytic converter and a maintenance-free particulate filter, as well as newtechniques for reducing nitrogen oxide emissions. The BlueTEC diesels use anNOx storage catalytic converter in combination with an SCR catalytic converterand AdBlue injection to lower NOx emissions. The AdBlue system injects anaqueous urea solution into the exhaust flow, which releases ammonia (NH3),reducing nitrogen oxides to harmless nitrogen and water in the downstream SCRcatalytic converter. Just the right amount of AdBlue for a given engine loadand speed is injected to get the greatest reduction of nitrogen oxides. Itstank only needs to be refilled every 10,000 miles during routine maintenanceintervals.

The company’s family SUV, the M-Class, features boldrestyling for the 2009-model year. Redesigned front bumpers incorporate new headlightswith a distinctive step along the lower edge that continues around a larger,lower grill that holds three large silver ribs. Angular air intakes, widely setfog lights and chrome trim help give the 2009 M-Class a broader, stronger face.

A recontoured rear bumper with recessed reflectors and astainless-steel skid plate that wraps around its dual exhausts also give thenew M-Class a broader stance. Larger outside mirrors provide even bettervisibility.

Inside, door panels now have an upholstered center section,and the seats boast a sportier design and a four-stage power lumber support forthe driver’s seat. A new four-spoke steering wheel features built-inmulti-function buttons and shift paddles. New advanced-technology featuresinclude an in-dash six-disc DVD changer, hands-free Bluetooth phone system, ahigh-performance telematics system, and a port for connecting audio devicessuch as an iPod.

The standard audio system comes with a color display, adouble radio tuner, speed-dependent volume control, and a keypad for phonenumbers and radio frequencies. Optional equipment includes a voice recognitionsystem, a 610-watt digital harmon kardon Logic7 audio system, and a rear-seatentertainment system with two eight-inch screens, wireless headphones, and anintegrated DVD player with dual-source capability.

New standard equipment on the 2009 M-Class, PRE-SAFER is asafety system that can actually sense an impending collision before it happensand take measures to protect occupants during those valuable seconds beforeimpact. The PRE-SAFE system that made its debut on the S-Class automaticallytightens the front seat belts before a possible impact, and the front passengerseat moves to a position that can provide better protection. Side windows alsoclose to provide better support for the window curtain air bags. If the systemsenses an impending rollover, the sunroof also closes.

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