Mercedes Benz C 350e Is The New Plug-In Hybrid

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Mercedes-Benz car manufacturer has always been on the edge of technological innovations and progress. And while Japanese car makers like Toyota and Honda making a variety of hybrid and plug in hybrid vehicles, as well as Merc’s everlasting German rival – BMW, the Mercedes range of hybrid vehicles is very narrow. But everything might change with the introduction of a new 2016 Mercedes Benz C350 plug in hybrid. According to the new Mercedes naming, it will get C350e marking.

The exact pricing of the car for the US market is not announced yet, but in Germany the price starting at €50,961. There are certain speculations that Mercedes c350 plug in hybrid price will be less than $40,000 and it will be selling only in California ZEV vehicles mandate states.

Also read 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA review

PHEV Powertrain

Under the hood of the Mercedes-Benz C350 plug in there is a gasoline engine with capacity of 1.9 liters and output of 211 horsepower with a torque of 350 Newton meters (258 ft lb). The electric motor has a performance score of 60 kW (82 hp) and 340 Nm (250 ft lb) and is powered by a rechargeable battery from an external source with a capacity of 6.38 kW-hr.

 

2016 Mercedes C350 plug in hybrid engine

Total powertrain output is 279 horsepower and up to 600 Nm (442 ft lb) of torque, which allows the vehicle to perform the acceleration from zero to sixty in 5.9 seconds for the sedan and 6.2 seconds for the station wagon.The top speed is 155 mph (250 km/h) and 152 mph (246 km/h) respectively.

As for the transmission, the car uses a 7-speed automatic transmission 7G-Tronic Plus.

Hybrid Features

The new hybrid C-class is very advanced in technical terms. There are a few transmission drive modes – Eco, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ and hybrid powertrain mode selection – Hybrid, E-mode, E-save and Charge.

Car maker claims that C350e will manage 20 miles on EV mode, but they used European cycle method, which is too optimistic – the real figures might be twice as low. We will be waiting for EPA-measurements. Until then, may turn to Chevrolet Volt.

 

The car also features air suspension and remotely controlled climate control (via Internet) on the standard equipment list. C350e also has Comand infotainment system like in other Mercedes vehicles, which is easy to use, and high-fidelity sound system. Energy recuperation during braking and coasting are also in standard trim.

As an option, full LED headlamps are available, and touchpad controlled central Head-up display.

Detailed Specifications

Engine: 4 cylinder, 2.0-liter gasoline + electric motor;

Powertrain output: 279 hp;

Torque: 600 Nm;

Top speed: 246-250 km / h;

Average fuel consumption: around 98-112 mpg (2.1 l / 100 km, Euro cycle);

Acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour: 5,9-6,2 sec;

Transmission: 7-speed automatic;

Length: 184,4 in (4686 mm);

Width: 71,2 in (1810 mm);

Height: 56,7 in (1442 mm);

Wheelbase: 111,8 in (2840 mm).

Prices, specifications, options, features of 2016 Mercedes-Benz C350 plug in hybrid could change without notice.

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