Starting today, Mercedes-Benz is offering a nine-speed automatic transmission for the E350 BlueTec. This is standard equipment and replaces the previous seven-speed auto that has equipped the model until now. The new gearbox is dubbed 9G-Tronic and allows the car to complete the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 6.6 seconds, which means performance hasn’t changed at all comparing to the previous model fitted with the 7G-Tronic. The changes are easily noticeable in terms of fuel consumption as the new version returns 53.3 mpg UK (44.3 mpg US or 5.3 liters / 100 km) whereas the old model did 51.4 mpg UK (42.8 mpg US or 5.5 liters / 100 km).
In the city, the 9G-Tronic-equipped E350 BlueTec will do 44.1 mpg UK (36.7 mpg US or 6.3 liters / 100 km), considerably better than the 7G-Tronic version which returned 40.9 mpg UK (34 mpg or 6.9 liters / 100 km). Highway fuel consumption has remained the same as before, meaning the car will do 60.1 mpg UK (50 mpg US or 4.7 liters / 100 km).
As a reminder, the standard E350 BlueTec model part of the recently facelifted E-Class family has a rear-wheel drive setup.