Mercedes-Benz E350d will reportedly be recertified following changes in the 3.0-litre V6 engine to reduce NOx emissions
The whole of Volkswagen Group is taking measures to make up for the lost ground financially due to the emission cheating scandal. Mercedes is pulling out of the DTM touring car season from next year while Porsche’s withdrawal from LMP1 class of World Endurance Championship meant the future of the series seems less exciting with Toyota being the monopoly.
It is worth noting that Audi shelved its LMP1 plans long before. The brand Volkswagen exited WRC despite being highly successful since coming back into the sport. All these decisions pointed at saving money as VW had to deal with federal penalties and compensations around the world along with buyback schemes.
A recent report surfaced on the web suggested that Mercedes-Benz has suspended sales of the E350d in its home market of Germany due to the persisting problems. This decision is rumoured to be voluntary as several changes needed to be made in the engine to lower the NOx levels. Mercedes will likely change the injection process and install a larger SCR catalyst to provide more surface area for the AdBlue solution to atomize.
It will help reduce the harming NOx emissions. The amount of AdBlue utilised during injection won’t be changed as the NOx decrease will come as a result of the bigger SCR catalyst. In spite of these modifications, the E350d will still likely be fitted with an AdBlue tank capable of holding 24.5 litres of the treatment solution.
Information regarding when the sales of the E350d will resume is not known so far but it could be back in action within a few weeks predictably. No powertrain changes are expected as the 3.0-litre V6 engine will continue to be used. It is good enough to produce the same maximum power output of 258 PS following the recertification process. The 350d is in fact the range-topping E-Class sold in India at Rs. 67.5 lakh (ex-showroom).