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Stricter Euro 6d standard.

Significantly reduced NOx emissions is a characteristic feature of vehicles which are certified according to the Euro 6d-TEMP standard. All Mercedes-Benz passenger cars that can be ordered in the new car business now meet this requirement. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz currently has a whole series of vehicles on the market that already comply with the even stricter Euro 6d standard. This will gradually become mandatory as of 01.01.2020.

The decision made at the start of the decade to develop an entirely new Diesel engine generation is paying dividends. The innovative technologies implemented in the process ensure low NOx emissions. With the changeover to the new engine generation, all new Mercedes-Benz passenger cars available to order now comply with the Euro 6d-TEMP or Euro 6d standards.

As part of WLTP certification, compliance with the limits must be verified in a so-called RDE (Real Driving Emissions) road test.

RDE (Real Driving Emissions).

The limit values for NOx in emission tests – for Euro 6d these are at 80 milligrams per kilometre also during RDE (Real Driving Emissions) tests – are so-called “not to exceed” limit values that must be complied with during each valid RDE test. This means that a vehicle may also not exceed the limit under the worst conceivable combinations of RDE conditions – for example, with a heavy load, in hilly topography, and in unfavourable temperature and traffic conditions. The limit applies not only to new vehicles, but also to vehicles with more than 100,000 kilometres. Results of real-world tests on the road often stay significantly below the limit of 80 milligrams per kilometre, which is confirmed by independent measurements.

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 167): RDE (Real Driving Emissions) road test. The measurement system is on the trailer coupling or in the boot.

76 percent less NOx on average than Euro-6b.

When it comes to the nitrogen oxide emissions of diesel vehicles from different manufacturers, the ADAC finds: “Euro-6d-TEMP diesels emit 76 percent less NOx on average than Euro-6b diesels and 85 percent less than Euro-5 diesels. Random sample measurements on the road have shown that the emissions reduction of good Euro-6d-TEMP diesels compared with average Euro 5 diesels is even 95 to 99 percent.”⁷

Mercedes-Benz GLE (W 167): The PEMS device is validated against the dynamometer measuring equipment before each RDE road measurement.

More demanding due to smaller measuring tolerances.

The Euro 6d standard is even more demanding due to its smaller permissible measuring tolerances. It will not become mandatory for new models until 01.01.2020, and one year later for other vehicles. Mercedes-Benz started an engine initiative in 2016, which includes the all-new four-cylinder diesel engines (OM 654 and OM 654q) as well as straight-six diesels (OM 656).

On this basis, which is associated with investments of around three billion euros, a whole host of Mercedes-Benz diesel models, from the A-Class to the GLS, already comply with the Euro 6d standard today.

The diagram shows the parameters for RDE (Real Driving Emissions) measurements.

Measured in vehicles directly on the road.

1. Emissions testing is no longer conducted just in the lab, but also on the road.

As the football saying goes: “Performance on the pitch is what matters.” When measuring emissions, the same applies to performance on the road. For this reason, according to the Euro 6d-TEMP standard and the even more far-reaching Euro 6d standard, the lab measurements according to the WLTP are supplemented by the so-called RDE test (Real Driving Emissions). Pollutant emissions (including nitrogen oxide and particles) are measured in vehicles directly on the road and compliance of limits with conformity factors is checked.

The adjacent graphic illustrates how complex these measurements are. For more details, please see this press kit chapter on the media website.

Exhaust aftertreatment exemplified by the diesel engine OM 654q.

Improved emissions control technology.

2. Mercedes-Benz not only prevents the formation of raw emissions, but also uses highly complex emissions control technology.

For example, the OM 654q: thanks to further improved emissions control technology, the powerful four-cylinder from the modern OM 654 engine family already complies with the Stage 2 RDE (Real Driving Emissions) standard which does not come into force until 2020, and is certified to Euro 6d.

Development vehicles are equipped with a PEMS = Portable Emission Measurement System. The measurement system is on the trailer coupling or in the boot.

Low heat losses.

Thanks to the near-engine installation, the emission control system has low heat losses and thus very favourable operating conditions in the vast majority of operating situations. Further measures include:

  • high and low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation including cooling,
  • a diesel oxidation catalytic converter (DOC) to avoid the emission of carbon monoxide (CO) and unburned hydrocarbons (HC),
  • a particulate filter for capturing soot particles with combined SCR catalyst function (sDPF),
  • an SCR catalytic converter (selective catalytic reduction) for reducing nitrogen oxides – for this purpose, ammonia in the form of the carrier AdBlue® is mixed in with the exhaust gases and conditioned before entering the sDPF,
  • an additional underfloor catalyst (SCR) with ammonia slip catalyst coating (ASC).

Emission control based on OM 654q diesel engine.

The so-called NOx emissions demonstrator from Mercedes-Benz Diesel Car Development is supposed to show how efficiently the emission control technology works. The vehicle corresponds 100 percent to the series production configuration in terms of the engine and emission control system as well as the control unit software.

The additional sensors and visualisation options are intended to provide an experience of the emission performance on the road in a host of driving situations.

The so-called NOx emission demonstrator from Mercedes-Benz’s diesel passenger car development is intended to demonstrate how efficiently exhaust gas purification works.

A 220 d: Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 4,5–4,3 l/100 km; CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert: 118–114 g/km.¹

Mercedes-Benz B-Class (W 247) with PEMS measurement: OM 654q Stuttgart urban emissions.

B 220 d: Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 4,5–4,4 l/100 km; CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert: 119–116 g/km.¹

Emissions in real-world customer operation.

3. Since the limits have to be complied with under all possible combinations of the parameters, the emissions in real-world customer operation are usually below the prescribed limits.

Compliance with the limits must be verified for every vehicle model in complex certification measurements in the lab and also on the road. To this end, the vehicles are equipped with the PEMS (Portable Emission Measurement System). The exact process is described here and can be watched in a video.

Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert CO₂-Emissionen kombiniert Stromverbrauch im kombinierten Testzyklus

Product may vary after press date on 17.06.2016.

Product may vary after press date on 17.06.2019.

¹ Die angegebenen Werte wurden nach dem vorgeschriebenen Messverfahren ermittelt. Es handelt sich um die „NEFZ-CO₂-Werte“ i. S. v. Art. 2 Nr. 1 Durchführungsverordnung (EU) 2017/1153. Die Kraftstoffverbrauchswerte wurden auf Basis dieser Werte errechnet. Der Stromverbrauch wurde auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

⁴ Angaben zu Kraftstoffverbrauch, Stromverbrauch und CO₂-Emissionen sind vorläufig und wurden vom Technischen Dienst für das Zertifizierungsverfahren nach Maßgabe des WLTP-Prüfverfahrens ermittelt und in NEFZ-Werte korreliert. Eine EG-Typgenehmigung und Konformitätsbescheinigung mit amtlichen Werten liegen noch nicht vor. Abweichungen zwischen den Angaben und den amtlichen Werten sind möglich.

⁶ Stromverbrauch und Reichweite wurden auf der Grundlage der VO 692/2008/EG ermittelt. Stromverbrauch und Reichweite sind abhängig von der Fahrzeugkonfiguration. Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch aller neuen Personenkraftwagenmodelle“ entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter www.dat.de unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

⁷ Publication of the ADAC from 23.4.2019; https://www.adac.de/rund-ums-fahrzeug/abgas-diesel-fahrverbote/abgasnorm/euro-6d-temp/