It may be a hybrid and you can say whatever you want about these types of vehicles but the magnificent Mercedes C350 Plug In Hybrid goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than six seconds and can travel 20 miles in all-electric range.
Talk about performance while drooling on efficiency. And maybe the best part, the Mercedes C350 Plug In Hybrid makes its official debut at the Detroit Auto Show this week. As we enter the Q1 of this year we are going to see some really beautiful cars be unveiled throughout the year and especially on the Detroit Auto Show.
The electrified Mercedes C350 Plug In Hybrid will hit the car dealers in the US this fall as a 2016 model. This fine sedan is equipped with a 4-cylinder, 1.9-liter, turbocharged engine that runs on gasoline that’s paired with an electric motor that will deliver a combined 275 horsepower.
The car will also be equipped with some upgrades like the regenerative braking and collision-avoidance systems. Knowing this, no wonder the Mercedes hybrid goes up to 130 mph in top speed.
While we are waiting for the car’s overall estimated fuel economy we know for sure that the 2016 Mercedes C350 Plug In Hybrid’s powertrain is very similar to the one found in the S550 Plug In Hybrid. The difference between these two is the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as its internal combustion component we mentioned earlier.
The engine on its own develops 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand the electric motor integrated with a seven-speed automatic transmission adds up 80 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.
The electric motor is powered by a massive 6.2-kWh lithium-ion battery that’s located below the trunk. Mercedes officials state that Mercedes C350 Plug In Hybrid owners, on full charge should be able to drive roughly 20 miles on electric power alone.
The charging is something that can be done with ease either at home or on the road. The brake-energy regeneration is a great example for on road charging as well as the power from the other engine.
Total system output comes in at 275 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, which is enough for 0-60 mph acceleration in just 5.9 seconds. The drive is on the rear wheels and you can also expect to see some performance fluctuations when you’re in electric mode with top speed in this mode limited to 80 mph just because its build to maximize range.
Тhe secret of the modular design of Mercedes’ plug-in hybrid technology lays in the power electronics and battery designs that are shared. And as rumours have it Mercedes will be able to produce even more of the eco cars, as another eight vehicles are promised to be shipped by the end of 2017.
Beyond that date, Mercedes is looking at introducing even more efficient diesel-electric plug-in hybrids and there will likely be some AMG-badged performance plug-in hybrids.
Mercedes-Benz the summer of 2014 started taking payments for the S500 Plug-In Hybrid which is the first production plug-in vehicle for this automaker. The model was distributed to European dealers last September and is a second faster than Mercedes C350 Plug In Hybrid and can zip from 0 to 60 in about five seconds and it also costs about $146,000, an amount we can also expect for the 2016 model as well.