Mercedes-Benz C-Class To Get Plug-In Hybrid Diesel Called C400d EQ Power
The C400d EQ Power is expected to do 31 miles on electric juice.
You have probably seen your fair share of spy content surrounding the Mercedes C-Class and today we are able to bring some interesting technical specifications courtesy of Autocar. First and foremost, the reveal will take place in March at the Geneva Motor Show where the sedan and wagon will be introduced to the public. If you’re more interested in seeing the coupe and cabrio, these two-door models will take a bow in April at the New York Auto Show.
It is believed the C350e will be retired to make way for a new C400 EQ Power plug-in hybrid with an upgraded electric motor delivering an additional 41 horsepower along with a reworked charging system providing quicker charging capabilities. What’s truly interesting is that the gasoline model will be joined by a diesel-electric hybrid, dubbed “C400d EQ Power” and set to offer just about the same zero-emissions range as its gasoline counterpart: up to 31 miles (50 kilometers).
Elsewhere, some significant updates are in tow for the conventionally powered C-Class models. On the gasoline side, the M 264 pumps out 188 horsepower in the C200 EQ Boost, or 7 hp more when compared to the M 274 unit. The reason why it’s getting the “EQ Boost” branding has to do with the implementation of a mild hybrid setup with a 48-volt electric architecture thanks to plug-in tech, belt-driven alternator, and a temporary 17 hp power boost.
In terms of design, the exterior will go through discreet changes bringing slightly reworked bumpers and modified graphics for the LED taillights.
With the C-Class debuting at the beginning of March, perhaps Mercedes will release the first images as early as February.
Attached below is a new spy video, which at one point is showing a prototype of a hybrid model.