Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will launch a total of 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017. One new PHEV model will be introduced every four months on an average. The nomenclature of PHEV models will be changed beginning with the launch of the C-Class 350 e this month. The “Plug-in Hybrid” suffix will be replaced with “e”.
The C350 e’s powertrain comprises a conventional 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 60 kW brushless electric motor. The petrol engine produces 211 hp and 350 Nm of torque and the electric motor produces 82 hp and 340 Nm of torque. The powertrain has a combined output of 279 hp. The PHEV can be driven in electric-only drive mode up to 31 km. The C350 e has an exceptional fuel economy of 47.62 km/l, and in the UK, the PHEV model is priced at £37,875 OTR for sedan version and at £39,075 OTR for the wagon version.
The three-pointed star has also announced that its first SUV to be offered with a PHEV model will be the Mercedes GLE (next-generation M-Class), while the company presented the V-Class Plug-in Hybrid concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. This van is also likely to be one of the ten vehicles to be introduced by 2017 with a PHEV model in its model line. The next-generation E-Class range will also include a PHEV model.