‘An Extraordinary Level of Efficiency, Dynamism and Comfort’
Features including “a new, so-called haptic accelerator” distinguish the latest C-class plug-in hybrid electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, which is going on sale in Germany for approximately $58,000 to $60,000 U.S.
“As a plug-in hybrid, the new Mercedes-Benz C 350 e combines an extraordinary level of efficiency, dynamism and comfort,” states a release. “In both its Saloon and its Estate guise, the performance of a sports car makes it a convincing proposition.”
The manufacturer is talking all-electric range of about 20 miles from a 6.38-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery, and hybrid efficiency of 112 miles per gallon for the new PHEV (expressed as 31 kilometers all-battery range and 2.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers efficiency).
A gasoline engine of just under two liters displacement and a 60-kilowatt electric motor combine for an output of nearly 280 horsepower. “Intelligent engine management selects the ideal combination of combustion engine and electric motor automatically,” or “hybrid interplay” may be selected manually.
The “haptic” accelerator? “When the driver feels a resistance point,” Mercedes says, “they know that maximum electric performance is being delivered and that the combustion engine will kick in if they depress the accelerator pedal further.
“A double impulse prompts the driver to take their foot off the accelerator pedal, such as when the distance warning system provided as standard detects a slower-moving vehicle in front.”
The Saloon version of the C 350 e is priced in Germany from 50,961.75 euros ($57, 779 U.S.) and the Estate from 52,627.75 euros ($59,668), including VAT. Both are to be at dealers next month.
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Source: Mercedes-Benz with Fleets & Fuels follow-up