Mercedes-Benz in Detroit presented the C350 Plug-in Hybrid. The plug-in hybrid C-Class is equipped with a 2 liter four-cylinder turbo engine producing 211 hp with 349 Nm of torque, combined with an electric motor of 60 kW (80 hp), with the hybrid set to deliver together 275 hp with 599 Nm of torque. The set is combined with the 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission of seven relations with the power to pass to the rear axle.
The 0-100 km/h is achieved in 5.9 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (6.2 sec. and 246 km/h the corresponding values for the estate version). The car has a charging port, active grille mask that improves aerodynamics when the engine does not need extra cooling, while its interior is almost identical to the standard models, but features an upgraded version of the COMAND system, which displays the hybrid information.
The electric motor is powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery of 6,2 kWh weighing 100 kg. It is located beneath the luggage compartment, reducing the available space by 15 liters (335 liters in the sedan version and 350 liters in the estate). With a full charge, which takes 1 hour and 45 minutes with a quick charger of 240V/16A and two hours with a simple household outlet 240V/13A, the car can travel 31 kilometers solely on the electric motor.
When both engines are working the car has combined average fuel consumption of 2.1 liters/100 km with 48 g/km emissions of CO2 . A corresponding hybrid version will also be added to the GLE, with the C350 Plug-in Hybrid, which will be marketed as the C350e, starting deliveries in March.