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#5854 of 9302 Re: 7 series diesel? [ateixeira]
Jun 07, 2012 (11:40 am)
Not surprised, can't let MB own that part of the market. I'd advise they bring in the higher output model.
#5855 of 9302 Re: 7 series diesel? [fintail]
Jun 07, 2012 (11:43 am)
Yep, if only for bragging rights at the country club.
#5857 of 9302 Re: 7 series diesel? [ateixeira]
Jun 07, 2012 (12:24 pm)
The smaller 7er diesel, which I rented in Germany, doesn't feel fast (although 0-60 is something like 7.2, perfectly fine for a boat). You have to push it a little, and diesels don't like that, likely nor would the American luxobarge buyer.
S350 is also AWD, I wonder if it will be an xdrive here.
Those GLK epa numbers are pitiful, I hope they perform better in the real world.
#5858 of 9302 Re: More down to earth... [ateixeira]
Jun 07, 2012 (1:24 pm)
I could get to like being cramped into the GLK 250 Bluetec if it can get 44 MPG. That is beyond incredible when you look at the vehicle. Will any SUV/CUV sold in the USA come close to that? The much uglier RX450H is lucky to get 29 MPG combined, with a TMV of $45K. Makes the $43k seem like a bargain.
#5859 of 9302 Re: More down to earth... [gagrice]
Jun 07, 2012 (1:29 pm)
Yes, the 43 mpg H EPA for the current 2012 Passat sets a very high bar. Of course in the back of a lot of folks minds is the 84 + mpg (by the Taylors) that can be gotten with a little to a LOT of focus.
44+ mpg on a crossover (admittedly smaller) further demonstrates diesels' value, if power (torque) and mpg are important variables. Two important signposts are the 2.1 L CDI engine and 369 # ft of torque. The 2.0 TDI has already been shown to be a workhorse standard and 236 # ft.
#5860 of 9302 Re: More down to earth... [gagrice]
Jun 07, 2012 (1:26 pm)
"The much smaller RX450H "
?? The RX is 188" long, the GLK is 178", and most interior dimensions are larger for the RX. The GLK is about the same size as a Forester.
#5861 of 9302 Re: More down to earth... [texases]
Jun 07, 2012 (1:25 pm)
I know read it backwards and went back and changed my post... hehe
#5862 of 9302 Re: More down to earth... [gagrice]
Jun 07, 2012 (1:26 pm)
Gotta love the 'edit' button...