The C450 AMG Sport wasn’t the only model unveiled by Mercedes-Benz at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) as the German brand also brought the 2016 C350 Plug-In Hybrid. This new model uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 211 hp (155 kW) and 350 Nm of torque. In addition, there is an electric motor with an output of 60 kW and 340 Nm of torque.
The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 279 hp (205 kW) and 600 Nm of torque. Bolted to a 7-speed automatic transmission (7G Tronic Plus), the hybrid module pushes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds (estate model in 6.2 seconds), while top speed is limited at 250 km/h or 155 mph (246 km/h or 152 mph for the estate model).
Using just the electric motor, top speed is 130 km/h or 80 mph. What’s real impressive is the fuel consumption, which is just 2.1 l/100 km, while CO2 emissions are 48 g/km for the sedan and 49 g/km for the estate.
The 6.2 kWh lithium-ion battery provides an all-electric range of 31 miles (50 km) and can be recharged in around 1 hour and 45 minutes at a wallbox or at one of the growing number of public charging points (230 V, 16 A, 3.7 kW single-phase).
Just like any other hybrid vehicle, the C350 Plug-In Hybrid offers four operating modes: Hybrid - all hybrid functions such as electric operating mode, boost and recuperation are available; E-mode: used for all-electric driving – for example in inner-city areas or because the battery holds sufficient charge for the remainder of the journey; E-save: the charge status of the battery is maintained; Charge: allows the battery to be recharged while driving using the combustion engine.
As standard, the C350 Plug-In Hybrid is offered with air suspension and Pre-Entry Climate Control, a feature that makes it possible to set the desired temperature for the interior of the vehicle before setting off (cooling it on summer and warming it up in the winter).