2013 Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid UK pricing announced

Article by Christian A., on August 3, 2012

The most efficient Mercedes-Benz E-Class production car ever -- the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid -- has a starting price of £39,645.00 OTR for the Saloon while the Estate variant is priced from £41,435.00 OTR. The BIK rates range starts at 12%. A set of 17-inch alloy wheels is offered as standard. However, consumers can choose 16-inch wheels as a no-cost option to have the lowest CO2 emission and best economy figures.

It also features leather upholstery, Becker Map Pilot Navigation and LED daytime running lights. Powering the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid is a powerful but very efficient 2,143cc, four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 204 hp and 500 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 20 kW electric motor that was mounted within the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission and comes with a 19kW Lithium-ion battery.

These enable the Saloon to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds and to achieve a top speed of 150 mph. The Estate can accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 7.8 seconds and hit a maximum speed of 150 mph (144 mph). When the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid Saloon is fitted with the 16-inch wheels, it can return 65.7 mpg (62.8 mpg for the Estate) on the combined cycle while the Saloon’s CO2 emissions are as low as 109 g/km of CO2 (116 g/km for the Estate).

The Hybrid system is integrated in the vehicle in such a way that it doesn’t affect the versatility or load capacity of the E-Class. For example, the electric motor is mounted within the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission.

Its fuel economy is improved as the gearbox uses a wet clutch system instead of a torque converter. As a result, the internal combustion engine can be totally disengaged via the clutch. In addition, electric-only drive can be maintained for short periods. With this level of integration for the electric motor, 65 mm is added to the total length of the transmission. The new E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid will start deliveries in the UK this November.

Mercedes-Benz’s E300 BlueTEC HYBRID combines together the benefits of an efficient hybrid when it comes to city driving and stop-&-go traffic with the exceptional fuel economy that a 4‑cylinder diesel engine delivers over long distances, whether on the motorway or inter-urban. The E300 BlueTEC HYBRID therefore showcases impressive efficiency without compromises, thanks to its compact hybrid concept, which has no restrictions when it comes to comfort, spaciousness, and safety.

Moreover, the Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC HYBRID has paired its 2.2-liter 4C diesel engine, which delivers 204 hp, with a very powerful hybrid module. The car also has 20-kW electric motor, placed between the 7-speed automatic transmission and the internal combustion engine. This electric motor assists the diesel engine as the car accelerates and, in alternator mode, it is used for the braking energy’s recuperation. It’s also suitable for when the car is running under electric power alone. This diesel hybrid, which is based on a modular hybrid principle that was developed by Mercedes-Benz, starts a new trend in hybrid drive systems. Moreover, fuel consumption for the Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC HYBRID is only 4.2 liters per 100 km (CO2: 109 g/km).

The Benz’s intelligent modular system – together with the 7G-TRONIC, a lithium-ion battery, and a wet start-up clutch – weighs around 100 kg and requires little installation space. And, as in all Benz hybrid models, the E300 BlueTEC HYBRID’s hybrid components carry all the features and elements of the "7-stage safety concept."

Additionally, the E300 BlueTEC HYBRID is going to receive an environmental certificate in accordance with ISO standard TR 14062 in time for its market launch. This certification, granted by neutral examiners at "TÜV Süd" will attest to Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to achieve comprehensive environmental protection. This commitment is enshrined in the Daimler group’s operating guidelines. In this process, the carmaker takes into account a vehicle’s environmental effects throughout its lifecycle, starting from its development to its production, use and eventual disposal.

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