Top:Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid Below : Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTec
On 21 December 2011 (Wednesday), two new hybrid E-Class sedans announced by Mercedes-Benz. The E300 BlueTec Hybrid and E400 Hybrid.
The Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTec : is equipped with a diesel-electric powertrain, the automaker’s first to be commercialized The E300 BlueTec Hybrid combines a 201-horsepower 4-cylinder diesel engine with a 27-horsepower electric motor and can reportedly travel an estimated 100 kilometers on just 4.2 liters of diesel fuel, or roughly 56 miles per gallon. A stop-start function and regenerative braking also contribute to the car’s fuel efficiency. The combined torque of the diesel engine and the electric motor is expected to rival the level of twist produced by the brand’s high-performance V-8s.
The Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid : has a more conventional gas-electric hybrid system.
The Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid, which is scheduled to be delivered to dealerships in the United States in the second half of 2012, combines a 302-horsepower direct-injection V-6 gasoline engine with a 27-horsepower electric motor to achieve a combined fuel economy of about 27 m.p.g. Like the diesel version, it is equipped with a stop-start function and mild regenerative braking.
The Mercedes-Benz diesel hybrid would be available only in Europe, at least initially. But given the presence of BlueTec models in the United States, as well as the automaker’s investments in so-called clean-diesel technology, few would be surprised if the oil-burning model came to North America. Both hybrid powertrains were described by Mercedes as modular, an indication that they could potentially be fitted to other vehicle platforms.
Thomas Weber (A Daimler board member and head of Mercedes-Benz car development)
“With these two Mercedes-Benz E-Class models we are now continuing our comprehensive hybrid offensive,The modular technology opens up a quick way for us to complement other model series with hybrid models.”
Both Mercedes-Benz cars are scheduled to be formally introduced at the Detroit auto show, where press previews begin on Jan. 9. The price premium for the hybrids over their conventional gas-burning and BlueTec diesel equivalents was not announced, but Mercedes-Benz described the extra cost as “only moderate.”
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