Mercedes-Benz is displaying a range of new models at this year’s Geneva Motor Show which all use less fuel than their predecessors.
Probably the most significant improvement is the SLK 200 KOMPRESSOR; fuel consumption has been improved by 4.2 mpg to 36.7 mpg, even though the output of the supercharged four-cylinder engine has increased by 21 hp to 184 hp.
The fuel consumption of the new V6 SLK 350 has also been reduced compared to the previous 6-cylinder model. Its combined consumption with the six-speed manual transmission is now 30.7 mpg, which represents an improvement of 2.7 mpg.
The CLC Sports Coupé, available with CDI engines, can manage 48.7 mpg in CLC 200 CDI guise. All CDI models are capable of a range exceeding 600 miles with one tankful (62 litres).
The CLC 200 KOMPRESSOR now has 20 hp more output, and can squeeze 36.2 mpg from its petrol engine.
The four-door CLS 320 CDI Coupé with its 224 hp V6 diesel engine achieves 37.2 mpg while offering significant levels of torque with 540 Nm.
However, less impressive is the SL-Class, which has only managed to improve fuel consumption by around 1mpg, meaning that the SL 350 can now reach the dizzy heights of 28.5 mpg.
We look forward to seeing how Mercedes can improve on these figures with the hybrid systems that they are developing.