Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has revealed the C 350 e, the first model with plug-in hybrid technology for the C-Class line-up. The C 350 e combines petrol engine with electric drive, along with hybrid drive systems to deliver impressively low consumption, yet maintains an exemplary performance.
The main highlight of the Mercedes-Benz C 350 e is its electric motor, which can replace or support the just under 2.0-liter combustion engine (211 hp and 350 Nm) in situations where the combustion engine does not perform quite so well. The electric motor makes practical use of energy generated while braking by converting it into energy and storing it. Its electrical energy storage unit is a high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a total capacity of 6.2 kWh, which can be charged from an external power source and so makes an effective contribution to the low consumption and emission figures. On electric motor alone, the car has an output of up to 60 kW and delivers torque of 340 Nm. In all, the C 350 e offers a total system output of 205 kW (279 hp), as well as torque of 600 Nm. The powertrain includes the 7-speed automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC PLUS.
With the outstanding combined output figures, the C 350 e can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, with a top speed of 250km/h, in conjunction with certified fuel consumption of just 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 48 grams per kilometer. The C 350 e also offer the possibility of driving up to 31 km in all-electric mode, and thus completely free of CO2 emissions.
The C 350 e has a water-cooled, 100 kg battery that is stored in a sheet steel housing underneath the rear axle. Despite carrying the battery pack, the C 350 e still has a boot capacity of 335 liters, which is expandable up to 1370 liters.
One new feature of the C 350 e is the haptic accelerator pedal, which helps to reduce fuel consumption and thus also exhaust emissions. It provides two types of information: the point of resistance on the accelerator pedal on electric mode and the double impulse from the ECO Assist function. The C 350 e provides several transmission modes for the driver’s desired drive requirements, comprising of the Individual, Sport+, Sport, Comfort and Economy with ECO Assist. In addition, there are four transmission programs to tap on; Hybrid, E-mode, E-save and Charge.
The C 350 e comes with AIRMATIC Air suspension and Pre-Entry Climate Control as standard, along with a host of familiar range of equipment and appointment options such as; LED Intelligent Light system with Adaptive Highbeam Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS and more. The Air suspension regulates the variable damper adjustment at both front and rear axle and offers outstanding ride comfort with minimal road roar and tyre vibration. It also provides self-levelling suspension all round. With Pre-Entry Climate Control, the driver can make it possible to set the desired temperature for the interior before the journey.
After the S 400 h, E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, the C 350 e is the latest hybrid model in Malaysia and comes in at a reasonable price tag of RM 289,888.