Making its first U.S. appearance in Detroit, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BluTEC 4MATIC sedan will go on sale here in the early fall. Save for showing it off, M-B provided few other details about the car that will serve as the entry point for the automaker's premier line in America. It will also be the first diesel-powered vehicle to wear an S-Class badge here since the mid-1980s.
Power for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BluTEC 4MATIC will come from a version of the 3.0-liter V6 BlueTEC turbodiesel engine also found in the current ML- GL- and R-Class models. For this application, Mercedes says it will turn out a modest 240 horses but a stout 455 lb-ft of torque. Like all BlueTEC engines, it also will require the use of M-B's AdBlue urea-injection exhaust treatment system to meet stringent U.S. emission specs. No word on EPA numbers, but based on the economy of admittedly less-potent Euro-spec versions, there's reason to anticipate the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BluTEC 4MATIC will return over 20 mpg in the city and 25+ mpg on the highway. While pricing won't be released until closer to its on-sale date, it seems likely this new member of the S-Class contingent will be packaged and positioned to start somewhere around $85,000-$88,000.