The two hybrid E-Class models from Mercedes-Benz are greatly anticipated so when the Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid and the E400 Hybrid made their debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, the news generated plenty of interest. Mercedes-Benz has also now released more details. Powering the Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid is a 4-cylinder diesel engine, which has an output of 150 kW (204 hp) combined with an electric motor, which delivers 20 kW and 250 Nm. It is claimed that the E300 BlueTEC Hybrid has a fuel consumption rating of 4.2 l/100 km. The U.S. market won’t get this model.
Instead, the E400 Hybrid will be sold in U.S., as well as in China and Japan. A V6-cylinder petrol engine, which has an output of 225 kW (306 hp) and 370 Nm, is powering this model. When combined with an electric motor, it can produce 20 kW and 250 Nm. When based on the American CAFE standards, the consumption figures are City 24 mpg, Highway 31 mpg, Combined 27 mpg. Professor Dr. Thomas Weber, Daimler Board Member for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, said that these E-Class models will enable them to continue with their “comprehensive hybrid offensive.”
He added that this modular technology represents a fast method for its other model series to be complemented with hybrid ones. He said that by focusing on the various needs of worldwide markets, the company can offer exactly what its customers desire. The fuel consumption of the E-Class hybrids is very low but they offer an excellent driving experience. He said that these two models stand for hybrid motoring at the premium level.