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Mercedes-Benz Births Twin E-Class Hybrids

Posted on January 4, 2012
2012 Mercedes Benz E400 Hybrid

2012 Mercedes Benz E400 Hybrid

2012 Mercedes Benz E400 Hybrid
2012 Mercedes Benz E400 Hybrid

MONTVALE, N.J. — Mercedes-Benz announced in December that it will offer two hybrid luxury sedans in its E-Class: the 2013 E300 BlueTEC Hybrid and the 2013 E400 Hybrid. The former is initially planned to be launched in Europe and uses a 201hp 4-cylinder diesel engine coupled with a 27hp electric motor to boast a consumption value of 4.2 liters of diesel/100 km. The latter features a 302hp direct-injection V-6 gasoline engine supplemented by a 27hp electric motor.

The 2013 E400 Hybrid’s estimated consumption figures are 24 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway/ 27 mpg combined. It will be available in the U.S. during the second half of 2012, followed by other countries such as Japan and China.

The sedans feature an “intelligent modular hybrid concept” which builds upon the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid. No changes to the vehicle body are required and the hybrid module is both flexible and modular to allow its use in other model series. There will also be right-hand drive variants. The new hybrids will celebrate their premiere at the Detroit Auto Show from Jan. 14-22, and will appear on the market over the course of the year.

Highlights of the E400 hybrid:

  • Compact and modular hybrid configuration: no changes to the body of the E-Class are necessary.
  • No compromises in terms of passenger or luggage space, safety and comfort.
  • Significant increase in comfort with stop/start operation; noiseless start, complete climatic comfort.
  • Estimated fuel consumption: 27 mpg (combined).
  • Part of the intelligent downsizing strategy of Mercedes-Benz: increase in the engine output of the E400 Hybrid by some 27 hp and 184 lb-ft thanks to the electric motor.
  • Sophisticated hybrid driving experience (stop/start function, regenerative braking, boost effect and pure electric driving).
2013 Mercedes Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid
2013 Mercedes Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid

Highlights of the E300 BlueTEC hybrid (European model):

  • Compact modular hybrid concept: no changes to the body of the E-Class are necessary.
  • Also available as a wagon (in Europe)
  • Space, safety and comfort remain unchanged.
  • Significant increase in comfort with stop/start operation; noiseless start, complete climatic comfort.
  • Top marks for consumption in the luxury-class business vehicle segment: 4.2 litres/100 km, 109 g CO2/km.
  • Part of the intelligent downsizing strategy of Mercedes-Benz: increase in the engine output of the E300 BlueTEC Hybrid with 150 kW +20 kW electric motor/500 Nm + 250 Nm, compared with the E250 CDI (150 kW/500 Nm), positioning it at the same level as the E300 CDI (170 kW/540 Nm).
  • Fuel savings of around 15% compared with the E250 CDI (European model).
  • Sophisticated hybrid driving experience (stop/start function, regenerative braking, boost effect, and pure electric driving).


"With these two E-Class models, we are now continuing our comprehensive hybrid offensive. The modular technology opens up a quick way for us to complement other model series with hybrid models", explains Professor Dr. Thomas Weber, Daimler Board Member for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

“With a clear focus on the different requirements of global markets, we are able to offer precisely the models which our customers want. The E-Class hybrids provide a clear reduction in consumption and a very impressive driving experience: they represent hybrid motoring at the premium level."

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Source: Mercedes-Benz

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