Yesterday Mercedes-Benz unveiled UK prices and specifications for the Europe-only new Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid.
The E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid sedan is priced from £39,645.00 while the wagon version starts at £41,435.00.
Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels – 16-inch wheels can be fitted as a no-cost option to achieve the lowest possible CO2 and economy figures. Also included is leather upholstery, Becker Map Pilot Navigation and LED daytime running lights.
The E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid brings together a 204 horsepower 2.1-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine and a 20-kw electric motor mounted within the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. This electric motor is powered by a 19-kw lithium-ion battery.
The result is the ability to accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 7.5-seconds (7.8-seconds for the wagon) before reaching a maximum speed of 150 mph (144 mph for the wagon). When fitted with the 16-inch wheels, the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid is capable of returning 65.7 mpg (62.8 mpg for the wagon) on the combined cycle while emitting as little as 109 g/km of CO2 (116 g/km).
The Hybrid system is intricately packaged within the vehicle so as not to impact on the versatility or load capacity of the E-Class in any way. The electric motor, for instance, is mounted within the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission; the gearbox substitutes a torque converter for a wet clutch system, therefore allowing for the internal combustion engine to be disengaged entirely via the clutch and for electric-only drive to be maintained for short periods, boosting economy.
The addition of the electric motor adds on 65 mm to the total length of the transmission.
UK deliveries of the new E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid are set to start in November.