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).
The new C350 Plug-In Hybrid is available with the same range of equipment and appointment options offered for the C-Class. Moreover, the new C350 Plug-In Hybrid is equipped with the Airmatic air suspension as standard, and is available with a wide array of pre-entry climate control options.
Airmatic offers self-leveling suspension, excellent ride comfort, minimal road roar and minimal tire vibration even when the C350 Plug-In Hybrid is loaded, as made possible by an electronically regulated continuously variable damper adjustment on both axles. Pre-Entry Climate Control is also equipped as standard on the C350 Plug-In Hybrid.
This system allows drivers to set the preferred cabin temperature before setting off. A driver could use this technology to cool down the passenger compartment in the summer, or warming it up in the winter. Drivers could activate the Pre-Entry Climate Control by pre-setting the departure time either inside the C350 Plug-In Hybrid or from the comforts of their home via the internet. Pre-Entry Climate Control employs an electrically powered refrigerant compressor and electric heating elements for the warm air circulation. Certain models allow the seat ventilation or heating will to be activated.
Drivers could also recharge their C350 Plug-In Hybrid through the Internet. Drivers could also check the charge status of the battery or verify its potential range in electric mode.
Mercedes has given the C350 Plug-In Hybrid with a sportily assertive yet elegantly premium design. Its sedan version could be equipped with the optional Luxury Package. The new the C-Class conveys not just modern luxury but also a prestigious status.
Inside, the new C350 Plug-In Hybrid features a level of styling that isn't usually found in its segment, and rarely employed even in higher vehicle classes. This is particularly because the new C350 Plug-In Hybrid makes use of carefully selected high-class materials that offer pleasant touch and feel. Likewise, the quality of the interior of the C350 Plug-In Hybrid is conveyed by its precisely and finely crafted details.
For instance, a centrally positioned free-standing central display unit is found just above the center console. A rotary knob or the optional touchpad that comes with the COMAND Navigation system allows users to intuitively control all functions of the head unit. Customers may also avail of a head-up display that projects information onto the windscreen directly in the driver's field of vision.
As standard, the C350 Plug-In Hybrid is equipped with halogen headlamps, although two energy-saving LED variants could be availed: a static system and a dynamic version with Active Curve Illumination.