The German automaker Mercedes-Benz has introduced the most efficient version of the E-Class in United Kingdom. Known as the E300 BlueTEC Hybrid, the sedan has a starting price of 39,645 pounds while its Estate counterpart will set you back at least 41,435 pounds. This makes it about 6,500 pounds more affordable than the BMW 3.0 ActiveHybrid 5 but at the same time it’s more than 11,000 pounds pricier than the E250 CDI on which it is based. Those who want the car can already make a preorder, with the first units scheduled to arrive this November to the customers living in United Kingdom. The most frugal E-Class model ever made should appeal to those that want an elegant car that can provide a high level of efficiency.
Under the hood of the Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid is a 4-cylinder, 2.1-liter common-rail diesel engine that pumps out 201 hp (204 PS) and 369 lb.-ft. (500 Nm) of torque, along with an electric motor which is being powered by a 19 kW lithium-ion battery pack, generating 27 hp. The car can be driven in full electric mode for 1 km, while the diesel engine will kick in at speeds of more than 22 mph.
By implementing various fuel-saving technologies like a sailing mode along with regenerative braking, the car is able to return an impressive 65.7 mpg UK (4.2 liters / 100 km or 54.7 mpg US) in the combined cycle and has CO2 emissions of only 109 g/km with the 16-inch alloys that cost the same money as the standard 17-inch alloy wheels. The sedan needs seven and a half seconds in order to perform the 0-62 mph sprint, while the Estate will do it in 7.8 seconds. The sedan will hit a top speed of 150 mph while the Estate can reach 144 mph.
Some of the standard goodies that come with this Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid include LED daytime running lights, Becker Map Pilot Navigation and a leather upholstery.