The first diesel-powered models are being replaced by hybrid or 100% electric versions. Mercedes, however, is still investing in fuel.
The Mercedes GLC (from BRL 417,900) and GLE Coupé (BRL 764,900) show the limits of this engine option, with quiet running and plenty of power. These models were the best in acceleration tests with the use of the Premium Diesel Sport Services category.
These are cars that coexist in stores with the 100% electric EQC SUV, which costs R $ 669.9 thousand. Soon Mercedes will also have EQA and EQB.
HOW THE TESTS ARE DONE
To measure the performance of vehicles, IMT (Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia) uses V-Box, devices that use GPS signals.
Acceleration and restart tests are carried out on the track of the ZF company, in Limeira (in the countryside of São Paulo).
The point to check the use in the city is 27 kilometers long. To simulate a road trip at 90 kilometers per hour, the engineers drive for 31 kilometers. Both routes are located in São Caetano do Sul (ABC), where the headquarters of the institute are located.
If the car is flex-fuel, two tests are done: one with ethanol, the other with gasoline.
The consumption of electric models is measured through a charger installed on the IMT. The test calculates the cost of running 100 km in urban and road conditions.
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