Mercedes-Benz C-Class Plug-In Hybrid To Launch in 2015

JUN 1 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 9

All-New Mercedes-Benz C-Class - PHEV Version Coming Soon

All-New Mercedes-Benz C-Class – PHEV Version Coming Soon

All-New Mercedes-Benz C-Class - PHEV Version Coming Soon

All-New Mercedes-Benz C-Class – PHEV Version Coming Soon

According to Autocar, “Spy shots have revealed the new plug-in-hybrid variant of the recently launched Mercedes C-Class being tested on public roads.”

This all but confirms that the plug-in hybrid C-Class will launch soon.  It’s believed that the C-Class PHEV will go on sale starting in Europe in 2015.  We expect Mercedes-Benz to offer the C-Class PHEV in the US too, though the US launch will likely trail the European launch by several months.

Autocar adds:

 

“It’s believed that the new model, which will be badged the C350, will utilise a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine in conjunction with a seven-speed automatic gearbox featuring an integrated electric motor. Such a powertrain has been displayed previously in the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class.”

Autocar has spy shots of the C-Class PHEV and notes some of the changes as follows:

“Distinguishing the car as a plug-in hybrid is a flap, mounted in the rear bumper, that allows owners access to the car’s charging connector.”

“Other changes include the addition of an ‘active’ grille shutter, which can close to reduce drag and cut warm-up times. The Mercedes’ interior remains seemingly unchanged…”

We like the idea of subdued electrification in which the plug-in vehicle itself mostly resembles a conventional automobile.  This seems to be the approach that Mercedes-Benz will take with most of its upcoming plug-ins.

Source: Autocar

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9 Comments on "Mercedes-Benz C-Class Plug-In Hybrid To Launch in 2015"

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ggpa

Charging is via “flap, mounted in the rear bumper”.

Why is Mercedes doing this????

If anyone looks at Nissan, Renault, Kia EVs you’ll see it is possible to put the charge connector in front. It is also sensible and convenient.

offib

For an electric car, sure, but for a car that has an engine upfront? There wouldn’t likely be enough space for a charger, plugs or wires, not with a large radiator, a fan, a massicve engine and what else is up there! And don’t get me started on design purposes.

The rear bumper is the best place or it, I think. I would say creating a second “petrol flap” on the other would be best, just to have some symmetry, but there might be a problem with boot space while doing that.

Speaking of which, when it comes to the S500 Plug-in Hybrid, Mercedes didn’t try an awful lot with adpating their cars to electrification. The S500’s battery is a rather bulky obstacle, it’s not what I call an efficient use of space which is a common trait for adapted vehicles. That wouldn’t be impressive when comparing it the standard S Class or another plug-in in general. I think that would have a bigger impact to buyers and reviewrs than the position of the charging socket.

ggpa

“Mercedes didn’t try an awful lot with adapating their cars to electrification.”

We seem to be in agreement!

MrEnergyCzar

Will it offer 4-matic? AWD.

ggpa

Are you thinking about a setup like Volvo V60 where gas drives one set of wheels and battery the other?

Taser54

Hmm, seems like the Europeans are making a hard charge to plug in hybrids.

I wouldn’t be surprised if similarly GM plans a platform wide hybrid/electrification as it rolls out its new platforms.

Anon

MB needs to come up with a cleaner looking design, that still communicates the brand. It’s just looking dated and unsleek for having an EV drivetrain…

pjwood

The S’s 18 (probably NEDC) miles of range could mean the C gets more like those miles, in EPA terms.

The “mpgs” will be something to brag about, but I still don’t get the marque experience of saving only $2-3 each time this type of buyer goes around back, to plug-in?

BMW’s i9, or if we’re lucky, the i5, will hopefully scale the battery up better, to the distances folks typically go. Forget compliance, think of the customer.

Brian

“Forget compliance, think of the customer.”

I long for the day automakers make this mental switch. Even Nissan is having trouble making this “leap”. Only Tesla really gives the customer what they want.