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Mercedes expands C-Class hybrid options with C350 Plug-In Hybrid

Mercedes expands C-Class hybri...
The C-Class Plug-In Hybrid follows on from the S-Class plug-in (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
The C-Class Plug-In Hybrid follows on from the S-Class plug-in (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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The C-Class Plug-In Hybrid's interior is the same as that on the standard C-Class
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The C-Class Plug-In Hybrid's interior is the same as that on the standard C-Class
An Estate version of the hybrid will be offered
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An Estate version of the hybrid will be offered
The plug-in C-Class uses a petrol motor, coupled with an electric motor
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The plug-in C-Class uses a petrol motor, coupled with an electric motor
Lithium-ion batteries power the electric-motor
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Lithium-ion batteries power the electric-motor
The battery can be charged from a wall socket in just 2 hours
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The battery can be charged from a wall socket in just 2 hours
Detailed information about where the car's power is coming from is shown in Mercedes' COMAND system
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Detailed information about where the car's power is coming from is shown in Mercedes' COMAND system
Mercedes claims a range of 31km on pure electric power
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Mercedes claims a range of 31km on pure electric power
In "boost mode" the C-Class makes a combined 600 Nm of torque
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In "boost mode" the C-Class makes a combined 600 Nm of torque
Drivers can configure the powertrain to save battery, or use it for full power
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Drivers can configure the powertrain to save battery, or use it for full power
Under the hood of the C350 Plug-In Hybrid at the Detroit Motor Show (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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Under the hood of the C350 Plug-In Hybrid at the Detroit Motor Show (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
The C-Class hybrid follows a plug-in hybrid S-Class (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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The C-Class hybrid follows a plug-in hybrid S-Class (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
The C-Class' sleek styling is unchanged for the hybrid version (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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The C-Class' sleek styling is unchanged for the hybrid version (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
The charging cable plugs into the rear bumper (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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The charging cable plugs into the rear bumper (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
The C-Class' batteries are stored under the rear axle
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The C-Class' batteries are stored under the rear axle
Mercedes claims combined fuel economy of just 2.1 l/100km
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Mercedes claims combined fuel economy of just 2.1 l/100km
CO2 emissions are pegged at just 48 g/km
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CO2 emissions are pegged at just 48 g/km
The C-Class Plug-In Hybrid follows on from the S-Class plug-in (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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The C-Class Plug-In Hybrid follows on from the S-Class plug-in (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
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Mercedes has used the 2015 Detroit Auto Show to continue the expansion of its C-Class range, offering up a plug-in hybrid model to complement the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid and existing range of petrol and diesel engines. The C350 Plug-In Hybrid retains the standard C-Class' luxurious interior, but boasts a set of frugal fuel economy figures to challenge those of small-engined city-cars.

The C350 Plug-In Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor, producing 211 hp (155 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb.ft) of torque – slightly more than the base C200's engine produces. Supplementing the petrol engine is an electric motor, which draws its power from a 6.2 kw/h lithium-ion battery mounted under the rear axle. Mercedes says this battery can be charged directly from a wall socket in just under two hours.

When fully charged, the C-Class’ battery pack will allow drivers to travel up to 31 km (19 mi) without help from the petrol engine, perfect for people who commute short distances around the city on a daily basis. As with plenty of other modern hybrids, the electric motor can also provide a handy power boost to the petrol engine when you want to pick up the pace.

Putting out 60 kW (80 hp) of power and 340 Nm (251 lb.ft) of torque, the C350’s electric motor boosts total power to 205 kW, with peak torque of 600 Nm when combined with the petrol engine in “boost” mode – 80 more than the C450 AMG 4MATIC launched alongside it in Detroit. This allows the hybrid C-Class to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in only 5.9 seconds.

The charging cable plugs into the rear bumper (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)
The charging cable plugs into the rear bumper (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag.com)

As you would expect, the C-Class’ fuel economy also benefits from the addition of electric power. Mercedes is claiming combined fuel consumption figures of just 2.1 L/100km (112 mpg) from its latest hybrid, with CO2 emissions of just 49 g/km – less than a three-cylinder Mini Cooper city car.

Five transmission modes, ranging from "Economy" (focused on letting the car coast and switching to electric power when possible) to Sport Plus (petrol engine always active, fast gear changes and stiff suspension) can be selected on the go. In addition, C350 owners are also able to regulate when and how battery power is used, including whether it should be saved to use in certain parts of town.

To ensure that C350 Plug-In owners are making the most of their car’s fuel-saving potential, the car’s accelerator provides haptic feedback to tell the driver when the petrol engine is about to cut in. It will also pulse to encourage drivers to remove their foot from the pedal and allow the car to coast. Mercedes/ AIRMATIC Air suspension comes as standard, providing electronically regulated continuously variable damper adjustment at both the front and rear axles.

The C350 Plug-In Hybrid, which will be offered in Saloon and Estate models, is expected to go on sale in March this year.

Source: Daimler

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1 comment
BeWalt
Just under twenty miles on battery, but hey, it's got a battery and a way to charge it. I'll never buy a new car again that doesn't have that option.
I'm waiting for any one of the big car makers to start promoting their plug-in hybrids as e-upgradable, meaning: I'd like to see the layout on the car being done in a way that would allow to take out the gas engine, and use the space for batteries.
If someone invented a battery with twice the capacity of today's at one-tenth of the price, that would be what owners of these hybrid vehicles would want to do. But I'm probably dreaming. After all, car makers want to sell new cars, not make the old ones last longer.