• Apr 20th 2010 at 8:40AM
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Usually, the U.S. gets breakthrough technology or vehicles after the rest of the world has had time to play with it for awhile. Usually, Europe or Japan gets something great, we write about how good they have it and years later (if we're lucky) it comes our way. It's a rarity when we get something first and the rest of the world waits. But, such is the case with the Bluetec diesel-powered Mercedes Sprinter.

You see, the North American-market Sprinter gets Bluetec, a super clean diesel engine, standard on 2010 models, while Europe will have to make due with the dirtier diesel powerplant until 2012, when Bluetec will finally make its way over there. For once, we have the bragging rights. Yes, it's only a Sprinter van, not something we'd typically call fun and full of excitement, but you better believe that we are still going to boast about it.

The 2010 Bluetec-powered turbodiesel Sprinter puts out 188 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 34 horsepower and 40 lb.-ft. over the less clean version of the powerplant sold in Europe. Dare we say the Europeans are jealous? Probably not. But we're still giddy, cause we've got something they don't!

[Source: Ward's Auto]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I hear that the cost of replenishing the urea solution of Blutech system is around $100.00 per gallon. Can anyone vouch that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        As an owner of a BMW 335d with SCR-urea, I have checked into this issue very closely. The dealer sells the urea solution for about $30 per 2 liter container. However, identical spec urea solution at truck stops can be purchased for about $4.00/gallon.

        Needless to say, there is a huge disincentive to purchase urea solution from dealers, after the free maintenance runs out anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      who cares
      • 5 Years Ago
      Say WHAT! You mean to tell me that north america gets a diesel option before europe! I love that its cleaner and still more powerful, it just proves you can still have your cake and eat it to.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Now bring us the diesel smart, civic, etc etc etc, thanks!
      • 5 Years Ago
      USA! USA!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bluetec means you can increase compression ratio back to what it used to be. This creates extra NOX, but that is after-treated. More power, better economy :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Diesel = better fuel economy + better CO2 performance. If you must haul something, might as well use less fuel and produce less CO2 while you're doing it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...and please don't moan about 188HP being sooooo lame and those trucks are much to slow for you. :)
      Ever expirienced one of those filling your entire rear mirror at 110mph?

      A jealous european.
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