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2012 Mercedes-Benz E350

Published July 22, 2012

Only a few cars give the end users as much variety as much as the Mercedes E-Class. With 4 different engines, two sub trims, and four different body options coupled with a plethora of interior customization options available, there is a wide enough variety to match each and every taste. A number of changes have been introduced in the 2012 Mercedes Benz E Class with each car getting better engine upgrades. The E63 wagon also sees a comeback to the lineup in the year 2012. For the 2012 E350, Mercedes Benz has also planned a better engine that improves its output.

The four-passenger 2012 Mercedes E350 sedan also has a 350 Bluetec version available. The Bluetec version runs on diesel while the E350 version runs on petrol. Both versions do not have much to separate between them, not just for the specification sake but also for the drivers of these two. The E350 offers a luxurious clean look on the outside with the usual Mercedes logo on the grille. The headlights present a calm affluent look to the E350 while the sleek side designs are simple yet classy.

In terms of accessories, both feature 17 inch wheels, sunroof, cruise and climate control, power steering wheel, an eight speaker sound system with a 6 DVD changer, Bluetooth, rain sensing wipers, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring system, remote central locking etc. – all the features one expects after buying a luxury Mercedes sedan. A 4000$ premium package also adds voice control, rear-view camera, satellite radio, real time traffic data etc. A free of cost sport package is also available for the takers which offers lowered suspensions, sport body-styling and tone-on-black interiors among others.

The 2012 Mercedes Benz E350 carries a 3.5 liter V6 engine is present for the gasoline version while the diesel Bluetec gets a 3.0 liter turbo-diesel V6 gets engine. The E350 produces a 302 HP and 273 lb-ft of torque. While the E350 Bluetec produces only 210 HP; however this comes with 400 lb-ft of torque. The gasoline version catches 60 mph benchmark in 6.5 seconds while the diesel variant takes 6.7 seconds to achieve- not a lot of difference to observe between the two. Both versions are also fitted with a seven speed automatic transmission while rear wheel drive is also a standard.  In terms of fuel economy, the E350 fares 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway while the Bluetec counterpart achieves 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with 26 mpg combined.

All-in-all regardless of your choice of the diesel or gasoline counterparts, the 2012 Mercedes E350 offers an above-the-class experience all thanks to the comfortable driving experience provided by Mercedes, only to be topped with the elegant exteriors and almost perfectly designed interiors to match them.

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