Daimler’s premium maker said it was heavily investing in cleaner engine technologies and planned to offer particulate filters in gasoline models.
Mercedes-Benz has not been completely kept away from the emissions scrutiny which erupted following Volkswagen’s diesel scandal. The three-pointed star premium brand has been urged by the US Department of Justice to review its certification and admissions process related to exhaust emissions in the United States, after Mercedes US owners filed several lawsuits claiming that their diesel cars were likely to have a similar defeat device to the one used by Volkswagen. Similar over-polluting allegations have been made in Europe as well. To clean up a bit its image, Mercedes said it was the first manufacturer to put diesel vehicles on the market that already fulfill the stricter emission limits planned for the EU as of September 2017 and it was investing around 3 billion euros (3.33 billion dollars) in new engine technology to make them cleaner.
The new “friendlier” diesel family developed has debuted with the four-cylinder OM 654 engine found on the recently introduced E-Class 220d. Furthermore, Mercedes also said it would be the first automaker to use on large-scale particulate filters for gasoline-powered models. After more than two years of such tests with the Mercedes-Benz S 500, more gas versions of the S-Class flagship will be “fitted with this new technology with the next model upgrade.” Following the implementation of particulate filters on the S-Class, the company will gradually use the filters on further new models, model upgrades and new engine generations, Daimler said in a statement.