Mercedes-Benz Now Accepting Orders For C350 Plug-In Hybrid

FEB 9 2015 BY MARK KANE 8

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, C 350 Plug-In Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, C 350 Plug-In Hybrid

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, C 350 Plug-In Hybrid, described earlier here and presented at the 2015 NAIAS, is now available for order.

In Germany, the price was set at €50,961.75 (over $57,700) for the Saloon version and at €52,627.75 (over $59,600) for the longer Estate version. All those prices include VAT, so in the US pricing should be much lower.

Dealers will get the first batch of C350 Plug-In Hybrids in March.

Air suspension and pre-entry climate control will be standard, although pre-entry climate control is now standard for almost all plug-ins.

Up to 31 km or 19 miles of all-electric range on a small 6.38 kWh battery pack is not a high value, but European plug-in hybrids typically do not have long electric range.

Sales release for the C 350 e: Future inside

Stuttgart – As a plug-in hybrid, the new Mercedes-Benz C 350 e combines an extraordinary level of efficiency, dynamism and comfort. In both its Saloon and its Estate guise, the performance of a sports car makes it a convincing proposition, especially combined with certified consumption figures of just 2.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres and a range of up to 31 kilometres in all-electric mode. Both the Saloon and the Estate model are equipped with air suspension and a pre-entry climate control system as standard, delivering a unique level of driving and climate comfort. The C 350 e is available to order now from 50,961.75 euros for the Saloon and 52,627.75 euros for the Estate (prices include VAT). Both vehicles will be at dealerships from March 2015.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, C 350 Plug-In Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate, C 350 Plug-In Hybrid

As a plug-in hybrid, the C 350 e combines a combustion engine with an electric drive system and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 6.38 kWh, which can be charged from an external power source. Thanks to an intelligent on‑board charging system, this takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes at a wallbox. A charging time of around two hours is achievable via a socket. In practical use, this advanced hybrid technology impresses with low consumption and emission figures, but high performance: the electric motor is able to replace or support the combustion engine and makes use of energy generated while braking by converting it into electric energy, storing it and reusing it.

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

The high overall system output and intelligent engine management give the car the driving dynamics of a sports car. The vehicle combines this with the ride comfort of a premium saloon, along with fuel consumption and environmental compatibility on a level that, until recently, would not even have been expected of many small cars. The Saloon can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, while the Estate, at 6.2 seconds, is almost as quick off the mark. The Saloon can reach a top speed of 250 km/h and the Estate up to 246 km/h, both in conjunction with certified fuel consumption of 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 48 grams per kilometre (49 grams per kilometre for the Estate). Both variants of the C 350 e also offer the possibility of driving up to 31 kilometres in all-electric mode, and thus completely free of CO2 emissions locally – for example in the city.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 350 Plug-In Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 350 Plug-In Hybrid

A hybrid is efficient, dynamic and straightforward to drive

Driving the new C 350 e is as easy as any other automatic vehicle from Mercedes‑Benz: simply climb in, start the engine and off you go. As you do so, enjoy its exemplary efficiency and, if you so wish, kick down to experience the superb acceleration of the electric motor. Working in the background, intelligent engine management selects the ideal combination of combustion engine and electric motor automatically. Anyone wanting to can also choose and regulate the hybrid interplay and driving characteristics with the help of four operating modes (HYBRID, E-MODE, E-SAVE and CHARGE) and five transmission modes, which emphasise economy, comfort or sportiness, for example.

If a destination is programmed into the navigation system, an intelligent operating strategy controls charge and discharge of the high-voltage battery in the C 350 e to ensure optimal use of energy over the entire route. Another aim of this route-based operating strategy is to reach urban areas with a fully charged battery if possible, so that the vehicle can be driven efficiently in stop-and-go traffic – and frequently in electric mode.

A new, so-called haptic accelerator pedal also facilitates economical driving. When the driver feels a resistance point, they know that maximum electric performance is being delivered and that the combustion engine will kick in if they depress the accelerator pedal further. A double impulse prompts the driver to take their foot off the accelerator pedal, such as when the distance warning system provided as standard detects a slower-moving vehicle in front. The C 350 e then uses the electric motor’s alternator effect to decelerate the vehicle automatically. Energy is recuperated in this way and frequent braking, particularly in stop-and-go traffic, can be avoided.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 350 Plug-In Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 350 Plug-In Hybrid

Air suspension and pre-entry climate control as standard

The new C 350 e offers the familiar range of equipment and appointment options that are available for the C-Class and, in addition, includes the enhanced comfort feature AIRMATIC air suspension as part of its standard specification. There is also a comprehensive pre-entry climate control system, which can be controlled via the internet. As a result, the C 350 e is unique in terms of quality of ride and climate comfort.

The C 350 e is supplied with the AVANTGARDE exterior equipment line including sports radiator grille and centrally positioned star. As an alternative, and at no extra cost, both the Saloon and Estate versions are also available with the EXCLUSIVE exterior equipment line with a classic radiator grille and three-pointed star on the bonnet.
The Saloon version of the C 350 e in Germany costs from 50,961.75 euros and the Estate from 52,627.75 euros (prices include VAT).”

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8 Comments on "Mercedes-Benz Now Accepting Orders For C350 Plug-In Hybrid"

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I assume that top picture is of a kid returning his grandpa’s car?

“battery with a capacity of 6.38 kWh” = Fail

Dan Hue

Judged from an EV perspective, yes, but otherwise the concept is sound, i.e., an ICEV that maximizes efficiency by co-opting the best of BEV characteristics, namely regenerative braking and instant torque. I think that improvements in battery tech will make this concept obsolete pretty soon (except maybe in high-performance cars), but as a last hooray of the ICE, why not?

Phil

6 kWh? In March? The Outlander PHEV will be out about a month later, for far cheaper.

Mikael

The Outlander is already out and has been for a long time 😉 But if you’re talking about the US the last call was April 2016. So it’s one year and a month.

Victor

For anyone to get excited about a plug-in hybrid it has to have at least 50 all electric miles. This Mercedes-Benz has 18 all electric miles (not enough). The bar has been set by the 2016 Chevrolet volt (50 miles, all electric). With the 2016 Chevy Volt you will be able to go any place, any time without compromise, and do it in style. Tesla is giving away their patents for free. Mercedes-Benz should take them up on that before that offer is taken off the table. They should swallow their pride and take the offer.

Mikael

I’m excited of the prospect of millions and millions of cars being able to let their driver do their commute in all electric. 20-30 miles is enough for most people, even more so when more and more companies have work charging also.

But with that said 20 miles (real world on a cold day) is a bare minimum and there is really no reason for any manufacturer to go under 30 miles. Especially not on premium brands like Mercedes.

And to comment on this model. 10 miles real world electric range (19 miles NEDC) is just a joke.
I hope the new more realistic driving cycle will give Mercedes a noseburn. Because this is the equivalent of the Californian CARB compliance cars. The numbers are down but not the real world emissions.

Dan Hue

The kind of PHEV that this Mercedes embodies is not meant to be driven electrically as much of the time as possible, like say the Volt is. Instead, it’s meant to be driven like a normal ICE car, except much more efficiently. The all electric mode is designed for congested or intracity (low speed) traffic.

I agree with what you are saying.

Aren’t most of the EU manufacturers just trying to help their compliance numbers and using the minimum battery to goose the NEDC numbers?