MERCEDES E-CLASS: TWO HYBRID MODELS AT THE DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Double hybrid

Mercedes does not want to compromise, which ultimately half of the customers is not satisfied. Therefore, the Stuttgarter now bring two hybrid variants of the E-class on the market to meet the needs of different markets to better meet.

MERCEDES E-CLASS HYBRID WITH DIESEL OR GASOLINE ENGINE

Nevertheless, we found neither Europeans nor Americans on the other side of the Atlantic were spoiled for choice in both markets is only available in the view of Mercedes right model. In Europe, this sounds to the name Mercedes E 300 BlueTec Hybrid , the U.S., there are from 2012 Mercedes E 400 hybrid . Both models can share a 20 kW electric motor, the additional 250 Nm of sending to the rear wheels and draws its power from a lithium-ion battery.

Disagreement then the internal combustion engine, for while in Europe for E 300 BlueTec Hybrid imagined a four-cylinder turbo diesel with 204 hp is working in an E 400 hybrid 306-hp V6 gasoline engine is used.

The different strength of the Nitro ultimately result, the various consumption and acceleration: The diesel hybrid from Stuttgart accelerates in 7.5 seconds to 100 km / h and is satisfied with 4.2 liters in the EU cycle, the U.S. Boy reaches 60 mph from 6.7 seconds and goes up to 27 miles on a gallon of fuel – equivalent to a consumption of about 8.7 liters per 100 kilometers, but under U.S. driving cycle.

Mercedes promises that the hybrid models also deal in real traffic frugal with the ever increasing cost of fuel and not only shine on the paper with low fuel consumption. Limitations in daily fear of the customer, because both the shape of the sedan and the station wagon available hybrids correspond to interior and luggage space the known models without electric motor.

Premiere of both versions of the Detroit Auto Show in January 2012, the launch of the European version will follow in the summer. The E 400 hybrid will initially be available only in the U.S., but later also to customers in Japan and China are provided.

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