Mercedes-Benz GL320 BlueTEC

Rudolf Diesel designed his namesake engine in 1897 to operate on peanut oil, a clean, renewable power source. But makers of petroleum-derived diesel fuel cornered the market early—Mercedes first put a diesel engine in the 1936 240D—and consequently diesel engines became synonymous with noisy and malodorous machinery. However, the $59,000 Mercedes-Benz GL320 BlueTEC (www.mbusa.com) could be an image-changer for diesel power. The GL320 BlueTEC is powered by a turbocharged clean-diesel engine paired to a refined 7-speed automatic transmission. The 3-liter V-6 churns out a stump-pulling 398 ft lbs of torque and gets about 23 mpg, which gives the vehicle a range of 600 miles.

Read Next Article >>
Photo by 2014 Mercedes-Benz USA
After halting production in 2012, Daimler has folded the historic brand under its Mercedes wing.
Photo by Christian Martin
Among the lots are 60 historic barn-find cars from the Baillon Collection…
C-Types, D-Types, and E-Types from the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s are among the program’s cars…
Photo by Snarski
The GT is a more powerful version of the original Panoz Esperante Spyder…
The new coupe takes many styling cues from the 1954 A6 GCS-53…
These five two-wheel wonders feature aggressive designs and heart-palpitating performance…
The new Mustang features Ford’s most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever…
Photo by Cordero Studios, corderostudios.com
Although the complete results of Robb Report’s annual Car of the Year competition will not be...
This year’s L.A. Auto Show saw more models introduced than at any other time in its 107-year...
The lots include Carroll Shelby’s personal Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake, which previously fetched $...