Following the January world premiere of the C350 Plug-in Hybrid in Detroit during the 2015 North American International Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz has taken its time and presented the model to the European public during the 2015 edition of the Geneva motor show.
This is Mercedes’ second model to feature a plug-in powertrain after the S500 Plug-in Hybrid and bears the new naming nomenclature that simply ads an “e” to the environmentally friendly models. it’s also the first out of eight similar models to be introduced during the next three years. While the larger S Class uses a V6 gasoline, the C350 e features a powertrain that marries a four-cylinder 2.0-liter gasoline engine taken from the C 250 variant to a brushless electric motor. The gasoline engine delivers 208 bhp (155 kW) at 5,500 rpm and has a torque of 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) and the electric motor comes up with another 80 bhp (60 kW) and 251 lb-ft (340 Nm). The greeny C Class has a total output of 275 bhp (205 kW) and a great 442 lb-ft (599 Nm). The transmission is a tweaked 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic that sends the power to the rear axle, with the C350e reaching 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). The wagon version is 0.3 seconds slower and only tops out at 153 mph (246 km/h).
Electric power is provided by a water-cooled 6.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that only ads 100 kg (220 lbs) – killing off 15 liters of trunk space. Recharging from the grid takes 1h 45min from a 240V/16A source or 2h from a more traditional 240V/13A socket. Electric only range is just 19.3 miles (31 km) but when driving in hybrid mode the C350e can return 112 mpg (2.1 liters per 100 km) with CO2 emissions of 48 g/km.