Detroit 2012: Mercedes E-Class Hybrid

  • E300 Bluetec Hybrid at Detroit motor show
  • 67mpg, 109g/km of CO2
  • Saloon and estate versions available
Mercedes E-Class Hybrid
Mercedes E-Class Hybrid
The Mercedes E-Class Hybrid has been revealed at the Detroit motor show 2012.

The car is powered by a four-cylinder 201bhp diesel engine combined with a 20kW electric motor that ensures the E300 Hybrid is capable of averaging 67.2mpg and has CO2 emissions of just 109g/km.

Top speed is 150mph, while 0-62mph is polished off in 7.5 seconds, which means the E300 Hybrid has the power to beat the E350 CDI, yet is more economical than the E250 CDI.

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The E300 Hybrid will be available as both a saloon and estate and is expected to go on sale in the next year.

Mercedes says the hybrid system – which features a lithium-ion battery – won't compromise passenger or boot space and can be adapted quickly for other Mercedes vehicles.

'The modular technology opens up a quick way for us to complement other model series with hybrid versions,' said Mercedes board member Dr Thomas Weber.

Mercedes also launched a V6 petrol hybrid at the Detroit motor show, however this car is for the US, Japanese and Chinese markets.

The E-Class Hybrid will go on sale in July, and is expected to cost around £38k – similar to the E350.

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