The E300 Bluetec Hybrid returns a claimed 65.7mpg and emits just 109g/km of CO2
2 August 2012

Mercedes-Benz has revealed that its cleanest E-class model yet will cost from £39,645.

The E300 Bluetec Hybrid achieves a combined fuel economy figure of 65.7mpg and emits 109g/km of CO2, according to the manufacturer.

Power for the most fuel-efficient E-class is courtesy of Mercedes' 201bhp 2.2-litre diesel engine, which is backed up by a 27bhp electric motor. The E300’s electric motor is mounted in the model’s seven-speed automatic gearbox, a unit that features a wet clutch system that disengages engine drive to enable electric drive only for short periods. 

Despite the new model’s green credentials, the E300 Hybrid saloon will sprint to 62mph from rest in 7.5sec and will go on to a top speed of 150mph. The estate variant covers the same sprint in 7.8sec and will hit 144mph flat out. CO2 emissions for the estate are slightly higher at 116g/km.

Standard equipment on the new model includes 17-inch alloys (16-inch alloys are also a no-charge option to hit the model’s claimed maximum economy figure), plus leather seats, sat-nav and LED daytime running lights.

Prices for the E300 Bluetec Hybrid saloon start from £39,645, while the estate commands a £1790 premium at £41,435. UK sales of the new car start from November. 

 

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2 August 2012

This would deliver impressive economy figures around town and on the motorway, and the torque is impressive too. It's not as slow as your typical hybrid either, and you can even have it in the seven-seater estate as well.

I wonder if the diesel-hybrid drivetrain will be made available in other Mercedes'...

2 August 2012

A standard E250CDi SE Auto Saloon with the same diesel engine costs from £33235, and has a combined fuel economy figure of 57.6 mpg and CO2 of 129 g/km and has an identical 0-60 of 7.5 seconds and identical top speed.

So are a 27 bhp electric motor, a reduction in CO2 by 13g/km and a increase in fuel economy of 8.1 mpg worth £8200? (also bearing in mind residuals are probably going to be similar)

3 August 2012

Orangewheels wrote:

A standard E250CDi SE Auto Saloon with the same diesel engine costs from £33235, and has a combined fuel economy figure of 57.6 mpg and CO2 of 129 g/km and has an identical 0-60 of 7.5 seconds and identical top speed.

So are a 27 bhp electric motor, a reduction in CO2 by 13g/km and a increase in fuel economy of 8.1 mpg worth £8200? (also bearing in mind residuals are probably going to be similar)

My thoughts exactly. The (moderate) emmission and consumption gains don't really justify the price differential and the complexity of the hybrid system.

I guess one could say this is still a work in progress system and future models should produce more sizable gains, but for now it's a bit too dear for what it's offering over and above the standard model.

2 August 2012

About time, at last a hybrid that makes some sense  (I said some not total). £8200 would take some time to regain, but it would seem to make more sense than many of the other current hybrid/electric options out there. Maybe a lower tune of the engine in a c class would be even better.

2 August 2012

I think the article stated the hybrid includes Sat nav which is an extra on the E250CDi i think? Certainly i would not want to try and sell one later without it. In view of this and other potential spec differences the extra cost, in the real world, is less than you imply.

 

2 August 2012

@ vinylnutter

just popped onto mercedes web site, leather is 2k option as is sat nav. If its as simple as that, then thats only a 4k difference. Have to wait until the full configurator is on line and working for the real story.

2 August 2012

One for the company car buyers I think. Pointless otherwise despite its impressive features. If it did 80MPG might be good for "normal" buyers. Still if someone would pay the £8000 extra for me I would have it....  great 2nd hand buy I imagine.

2 August 2012

I am just amazed it has taken so long for someone to finally make a diesel hybrid - has seemed so obvious to me.

Not sure about the price though............

3 August 2012

Toptidy - Peugeot / Citroen have had a diesel hybrid on the market for some time now!

3 August 2012

In 5 yrs we'll all be able to buy one..........used!

Peter Cavellini.

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