|E300 BlueTEC HYBRID. Click to enlarge.|
Mercedes-Benz is is launching two new luxury hybrids in its core segment: the diesel-electric E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, and the gasoline-electric E 400 HYBRID. The new hybrid models, based on a modular hybrid system, make their world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show and will appear on the market over the course of the year.
The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is initially planned to be launched on the European market, while the E 400 HYBRID will be made available on the US market first, followed by other countries such as Japan and China later.
With these two 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.—Professor Dr. Thomas Weber, Daimler Board Member for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development
|E400 HYBRID. Click to enlarge.|
The modular hybrid concept represents a comprehensive enhancement of the Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID; no changes to the vehicle body are required, the hybrid module is both flexible and modular, thus allowing its use in other model series, and in addition to diesel and gasoline variants there will also be right-hand drive variants. Meanwhile, notes Mercedes, the extra cost involved is only moderate.
E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID. The 4-cylinder diesel engine of the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID delivers 150 kW (204 hp) and 500 N·m (369 lb-ft) of torque, combined with an electric motor producing 20 kW and 250 N·m (184 lb-ft). Preliminary fuel consumption rating is 4.2 L/100 km (56 mpg US).
The hybrid represents part of the downsizing strategy of Mercedes-Benz. The boost in the engine output of the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID with 150 kW plus 20 kW from the electric motor, along with 500 N·m and 250 N·m, respectively, surpass the output of the E 250 CDI (150 kW/500 N·m) and position the hybrid at the same performance level as the E 300 CDI (170 kW/540 N·m).
The hybrid also delivers fuel savings of around 15% compared with the E 250 CDI, even in actual road traffic conditions, and offers the enhanced hybrid driving experience (start/stop function, regenerative braking, boost effect, purely electric motoring and “sailing” function).
E 400 HYBRID. The V6 gasoline engine in the E 400 HYBRID produces 225 kW (306 hp) and 370 N·m (273 lb-ft), and is also supplemented by a further 20 kW and 250 Nm from the electric motor. Consumption figures based on the US CAFE standard are: City 24 mpg, Highway 31 mpg, Combined 27 mpg (9.8, 7.6, 8.7 L/100 km, respectively).