Mercedes-Benz Launches E 350 e PHEV – Details Revealed
Mercedes-Benz has revealed specific details regarding its upcoming E 350 e PHEV (unveiled in the US recently at the NAIAS in January), including specs, assistance system, and DRIVE PILOT.
The specific details are still Euro-based, but the company also notes that the E 350e will arrive in the US in late 2016.
- 0-100 km/h (0-62 MPH) in 6.2 seconds
- 210 kW (286 hp) combined four-cylinder and electric motor
- 30 km (18.6 miles) of all-electric range (assumed based on NEDC scale – so like a dozen or so miles of real-world/EPA range)
- 2.1 liters per 100 km (112 mpg) fuel consumption
- All-electric top speed of 130 km/h (81 mph)
- AIR BODY CONTROL air suspension
- Pre-entry climate control via Smartphone app
- 6.2 kW/hr lithium-ion battery
- 3 hour charging time via standard plug
4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive with ESP stability control and the 4ETS (electronic traction system) will be standard on all E-Class vehicles.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class has become the first production vehicle to receive a testing license for autonomous driving in Nevada. To do the testing, the company only has to make a few simple adjustments to the software for the assistance system. No changes to hardware are necessary.
Assistance system highlights:
- Detects danger
- Warns and intervenes if necessary
- Detects inattentiveness and drowsiness
- Assists with crosswinds
- Applies Active Brake Assist
- Assists and lessens common stresses of traditional driving
The E-Class has also added a new, more advanced, optional driving assistance package called DRIVE PILOT.
DRIVE PILOT highlights:
- Semi-autonomous driving
- Autonomous braking
- DISTRONIC Distance Pilot (automatically maintains safe distances)
- Steering Pilot (maintains lane up to 210 km/h (130 MPH))
- Auto operation of the gas pedal and the brake
- COMAND online function to detect speed limit signs
- Active Emergency Stop Assist
- Active Lane Change Assist
- Evasive Steering Assist
Pricing has not yet been announced.
Source: Green Car Congress