Mercedes’ OM diesel engines have seen a long reign in the company’s vehicle lineup, with the OM 651 being the most-produced engine in the brand’s history. Now, however, the OM 651 is being pushed aside in favor of a new OM diesel engine. The OM 654, as it will be called, will be offered in the new Mercedes E-Class as one powertrain option for the upcoming car.
The new OM 654 is said to be significantly lighter than its predecessor, as well as consuming significantly less fuel and releasing fewer emissions. The new diesel engine will debut in the new Mercedes E-Class E 220 d and is expected to provide an NEDC-estimated 60 mpg combined fuel rating, as well as a 25 horsepower boost over the previous engine, which cranked out 170 horsepower in comparison to the new engine’s 195 ponies. Mercedes’ goal in developing the new engine was to meet the standards for the Real Driving Emissions legislature, while providing superior performance and efficiency.
In addition to finding a home among the E Class engine lineup, the new OM 651 is also expected to be put into the A Class, V Class, and S Class models in addition to the Sprinter van. The engine was also designed to be modular and compact so that it can be easily modified to fit the legal restrictions of any of the various countries in which Mercedes vehicles are sold. So you can expect to see this incredible piece of engineering pop up in a number of places soon. Prepare yourself for Mercedes level diesel performance, the kind everyone’s been wanting.
Vehicles have come a long way since the days when airbags were an optional feature and the use of seat belts was elective rather than mandatory. These days, technology has advanced so much that we’re now close to seeing self-driving cars on public roads, with many automakers already testing this technology. The new Mercedes safety tech in the next-gen E-Class will help bring the automaker’s vehicles one step closer to achieving autonomous, accident-free driving.
The E-Class is expected to be released in spring 2016. The technology, which Mercedes calls Intelligent Drive next Level, includes steering assistance with hearing and safety protection. The steering assist will help the driver outmaneuver an obstacle in order to avoid an accident. The hearing protection includes systems that protect occupants’ ears and hearing during a crash. Finally, the safety protection helps push the driver and front passenger away from the doors in case of a side impact.
Intelligent Drive next Level is part of the Driver Assistance Package, which includes: Active Brake Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Remote Parking Pilot, Car-to-X Communication, Digital Car Key, PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side, PRE-SAFE Sound, and MULTIBEAM LED headlamps. All of these features, along with Intelligent Drive next Level, will help keep Mercedes on the cutting edge of safety technology as we move into the future.
As Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, explains, “”We are taking a further major step along the road to autonomous and connected driving. The innovations that will be available for the future E-Class taking safety, stress relief, and comfort to a new level. And as such further Mercedes-Benz is underlining its leading position as a safety pioneer.”
We look forward to seeing these innovations in person when the new E-Class arrives at Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead next year!