Mercedes unveiled its new 2017 E-Class at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show this week and announced the details of its new plug-in hybrid powertrain option: 350e. While Mercedes is working on 4 new all-electric vehicles to be released before the end of the decade, the automaker is introducing more electric hybrid powertrains in its established lineup of luxury vehicles and the 350e is the first we get to see.
The new sedan will be able to travel 18 miles (30 km) on all-electric mode before the four-cylinder petrol engine kicks in. These figures are likely to be closer to the NEDC-rated ones than normal driving conditions. The estimated efficiency (not yet EPA-rated) is 134.5 mpg (2.1 l/100 km).
Its engine, in conjunction with its electric motor, gives it a total system output of 210 kW (286 hp) with a system torque of 550 Nm and Mercedes claims it should accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds.
The car should be available later this year. There’s no word on the pricing of the PHEV option yet, but as a reference point, the 2016 E-Class started at $54,000 in the US.
Here’s a gallery of the new E-Class: