It gets electric: Mercedes expands the C-Class portfolio

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has two new versions of the at the Detroit Motor Show C-Class revealed that appeal to completely different customer groups. The C 350 Plug-In Hybrid can drive 31 kilometers purely electrically and, from March onwards, will be the second Mercedes Hybrid after the S-Class with similar technology, with which the battery can also be charged at the socket. Sports fans are more likely to be enthusiastic about the new C 450 AMG 4matic, which with its 270 kW / 367 PS bridges the gap between the most powerful production model to date, the C 400 (245 kW / 333 PS), and the power pack Mercedes-AMG C 63 ( 350 kW / 476 PS) should close.

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In the C 350, a two-liter petrol engine (155 kW / 211 PS) works together with an 60 kW electric motor. Together, the two engines come to 205 kW / 279 PS. In the so-called E-mode, the power of the battery is sufficient for locally emission-free operation of 31 kilometers. The battery can then be brought back to life by energy recovery, for example when braking or rolling, by the combustion engine or at the socket. The charging time takes between three and a quarter and around three and a half hours depending on the type of electricity pump. The standard consumption of the Öko-Benz is only 2,1 liters per 100 kilometers (48 grams of CO2 per kilometer). Top speed 250 km / h, the sprint to speed 100 is done in just under six seconds, but then without eco-claims. In addition to the sedan, the station wagon will also be available with this technology. The prices have not yet been fixed. Daimler development board member Thomas Weber announced up to 2017 ten further models of different series with similar technology.

In the middle of the year, the second C-Class newcomer also fired the starting shot for a new model series from AMG. In the future, the Mercedes sports department will not only be responsible for the models with particularly high engine output, such as the Mercedes C 63, but will also take care of the strongest “normal” models in the individual series. The three-liter six-cylinder with double turbo in the C 450 AMG 4matic achieves performance like a sports car (250 km / h, 4,9 sec to 100 km / h), and its front apron with its large air inlets makes no secret of its origins. In total, however, it is anything but pushy. It is primarily intended to attract customers who value understatement plus performance and shy away from the horrendous surcharge for the even more powerful AMG C 63. The prices of the new model, which will also be available as a station wagon (estate), have not yet been fixed.

Author: Peter Maahn / SP-X

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