8.11.2018Mercedes launches new E-Class PHEV
Mercedes Benz has launched a new plug-in hybrid version of its E-Class, with the saloon and estate now available with a longer range.
Going against the market trend, the new E 300 de PHEV is powered by a diesel engine, alongside the electric powertrain. Currently, only the Audi Q7 e-tron uses a diesel-electric plug-in mix, though the recently replaced Volvo V60 also used a diesel engine.
The electric-only range is quoted at 34 miles for the saloon, and 32 miles for the estate, thanks to a 13.5 kWh battery, which is charged via the E 300 de's 7.4 kW on-board charger.
The battery powers a 122 hp electric motor which works with a 194 hp 2.0 litre diesel engine for an official fuel economy figure of 166.2 MPG, and 41 g/km CO2 for the saloon - 44 g/km for the estate. Performance is brisk, with a 0-62mph time of 5.9 seconds, and a top speed of 155mph available.
Available in SE or AMG Line trim for both body styles, prices start at £47,700 for the E 300 de saloon, and £49,700 for the estate. Order books are open now, with deliveries due in spring 2019.