2013 Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid priced at $55,800

Article by Christian A., on August 16, 2012

Mercedes-Benz welcomes an E400 Hybrid model into the E-Class family for the 2013 model year. Under the hood is a 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 302-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to an electric motor with 27-hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. The EPA figures haven’t been released yet but Mercedes-Benz is already claiming that its E400 Hybrid returns 27-mpg.

According to early estimates, the E400 Hybrid has a fuel economy rating of 24-mpg city, 32-mpg highway. It was earlier this year that the E400 Hybrid made its debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. However, the luxury automaker said that it has a starting price of $55,800, (which excludes a destination fee of $905).

Furthermore, the 2013 model year E-Class also offers an E350 Bluetec model, priced at $52,200, which excludes a destination fee. The E350 Bluetec is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6, which produces 210-hp and 410 lb-ft of torque.

The official EPA figures for this model haven’t been released yet but the 2012 model year comes with 21-mpg city, 32-mpg highway, and 25-mpg combined. These figures will probably stay the same since the E-Class hasn’t been subjected to any major revisions between the model years.

The highly-acclaimed twin-headlamp face design from Mercedes-Benz has been iconic since its first appearance in the 1995 E-Class. It is an important design feature that has defined the identity of the E-Class, and despite the “design idiom” that has been used, this characteristic styling feature has since been adapted by generations of E-Class models enhancing confidence and masculinity in its overall appearance.

The design of these four eyes draws inspiration from the geometrical shapes in cubism, which when translated into the real-life models, look like precious gems situated on both wings. The radiator grille, on the other hand, enhances the overall look with its three-dimensional chrome surround, dynamic arrow shape and more upright position, highlighting its status in the business saloon class.

Currently, the sophisticated interaction between lines and surfaces define the Mercedes design – such that large concave or concave surface areas are defined and highlighted by lines. This type of design concept, as much as possible, is perfected down to the most minute details on the new E-Class models. Moreover, influencing the whole body design are the flank contours found on the front and rear-end styling, and on its side aspects.

The harmonious flow of lines and contours creates a new feature at the rear which is a graceful line that outlines the wheel arches highlighting the imposing masculinity of the rear wings. It is quite reminiscent of the 1953 “Ponton Mercedes”, imposing the same impression of “sovereign character, and proving that harmony between traditional and futuristic designs are possible, as evidenced by the E-Class Series.

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