To prove that the new Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is capable of delivering both performance and efficiency, the German carmaker subjected the very first example of the car to arrive in the United Kingdom to an economy run. In standard form, the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID boasts of being able to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.5-seconds, and reach a maximum speed of 150 mph.
The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID also boasts of emitting as little as 109 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer traveled. To place the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID in a real situation test, Mercedes first had the car undergo an economy run at the main runway of Newquay Cornwall Airport, considered as the most southern active airport in the mainland.
Driven by ex-rally driver Mick Linford, the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID was able to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in slightly more than seven seconds and reach a top speed of 136 mph. Next assignment for the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID was to cruise to Wick Airport in Scotland, considered as the northernmost airport in mainland Britain.
During the 830-mile two-day cruise, the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID underwent real-world driving conditions like heavy traffic, diversions and challenging weather. The vehicle was made to undergo a run of the Wick Airport, which saw the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID reach a top speed of 120 mph at the at the runway, which is around 911 metres shorter than at Newquay.
The engineering team did manage to combine economy and performance in the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, as the vehicle reached a peak speed of 136 mph during the two-day 830-mile journey.
Returning an economy of 67.3 mpg, the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID left Newquay on a single tank of fuel, and arrived in Wick with around a quarter remaining. If the vehicle continued its cruise, it would have reached a theoretical range of over 1,100-miles. Interested buyers could now order the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID in the saloon variant with a starting price of £39,645 OTR, and in estate version at a starting price of £41,435 OTR. It is powered by an engine that provides up to 204 hp of output and 500 Nm of torque.