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Mercedes-Benz taking orders for C 350 e plug-in hybrid in Europe; starting at $57,645 in Germany

Mercedes-Benz is taking orders in Europe for its second production plug-in hybrid, the C 350 e (earlier post), which will be in dealerships in March. The sedan version of the 350 e in Germany costs from €50,961.75 (US$57,645) and the wagon from €52,627.75 (US$59,530) (prices include VAT).

The C 350 carries a certified consumption rating of 2.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometers (112 mpg US) and a range of up to 31 kilometers (19 miles) in all-electric mode.

From a displacement of just under two liters, the four-cylinder gasoline engine in the C 350 e produces 155 kW (211 hp) and maximum torque of 350 N·m (258 lb-ft). The electric motor has an output of up to 60 kW and delivers torque of 340 N·m (251 lb-ft). A total system output of 205 kW (279 hp), as well as system torque of 600 N·m (443 lb-ft), are thus available to be called upon by the standard-fit 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission.

The sedan can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, while the wagon, at 6.2 seconds, is almost as quick off the mark.

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