Mercedes-Benz is continuing its diesel initiative in the USA with three new diesel SUVs equipped with BlueTEC clean diesel technology.


The new models R 320 BlueTEC, ML 320 BlueTEC and GL 320 BlueTEC will initially be available exclusively in America. They are equipped with AdBlue injection, a technology that has been in place in Mercedes-Benz trucks and buses for a number of years.


Mercedes says the three new SUVs are able to better the stringent Bin 5 limits applicable in the USA, and also have the potential to meet the coming EU6 standards.


All three of these new SUVs have also been significantly upgraded with much more extensive standard equipment, and now offer even more comfort together with unique safety features, the automaker reports.

The V6 diesel engine powering the new BlueTEC models has an output of 211 hp and develops a torque of 540 Nm. Fuel economy for the GL 320 BlueTEC is 25 mpg, Mercedes reports. This represents an advantage of around 20 to 40 percent versus a comparable gas model.

The new models will be available in the USA from fall 2008.