Mercedes will exhibit at Detroit Auto Show 2012 (North American International Auto Show – NAIAS 2012) two hybrid version of the current E-Class: Mercedes E300 BlueTEC Hybrid and Mercedes E400 Hybrid. The diesel-hybrid version will also arrive in Europe.
The largest Auto Show of the beginning of the year brings two important premieres for Mercedes, which will exhibit at its booth in Detroit two environmental declensions of the existing E-Class.
Mercedes E300 BlueTEC Hybrid and Mercedes E400 Hybrid at NAIAS 2012
The public present at Detroit Auto Show 2012 will get acquainted with the new Mercedes E400 Hybrid and Mercedes E300 BlueTEC Hybrid, the first intended exclusively for the U.S. market and the second scheduled to arrive in Europe in autumn 2012.
The new Mercedes E300 BlueTEC Hybrid is actually a diesel-hybrid powered by the 2.1-liter CDI engine with 204 horsepower along with an electric engine. The latter offers 27 horsepower and a torque of 250 Nm (184.4 lb/ft), being kept alive by a lithium-ion battery of 0.8 kWh (1.09 PS), which allows running only in the electric mode at a maxim speed of 55 km/h (34.2 mph).
The resources of the two propulsion units helps Mercedes E300 BlueTEC Hybrid to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 240 km/h (150 mph). Even so, the average fuel efficiency is only 4.2 litres/100 km (56 MPG US, 68 MPG UK), with 15% lower than the standard version, while emissions are reduced up to 109 g/km (57.2 mpg) less than the E250 CDI version.
Along with the diesel-hybrid, Mercedes E400 Hybrid will make its appearance, the only difference between the two versions being made by the thermal engine. Mercedes E400 Hybrid has a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine that provides 306 horsepower and 370 Nm (273 lb/ft). The electric engine has about the same performance: 27 hp and 250 Nm (184.4 lb/ft).