Mercedes-Benz Will Unveil 2012 E-Class Hybrids At Detroit Show

Mercedes-Benz is set to add two new models to the already exhuastive list of E-Class variants. Autocar reports that two new E-Class hybrids will bow at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, sharing the stage with the new 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster.

The first hybrid is the E300 Bluetec, expected to go on sale in Europe next September. The E300 will include a 2.1-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel rated at 201 hp and 369-lb feet of torque. Supplementing the engine is an electric motor rated at 27 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The E300 is expected to scoot from 0-62 mph in just 7.5 seconds with a top speed of 150 mph. Autocar also reports that it will emit 109g/km of CO2 emissions, 40g/km less than the gas-powered BMW Active5 Hybrid. According to our source at Mercedes-Benz USA, there are no plans to bring the E300 to the States for now, although that could change in the future.

Next up is the E400 Hybrid, which will be a U.S.-only model. The E400 will get the E300’s electric motor, but pair it with the 3.5-liter, V-6 engine (302 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque) used in several other Benz models. Both vehicles will feature a number of fuel-sipping tricks such as start/stop, a sailing mode, low resistance tires, and brake energy recuperation. Mercedes-Benz will reveal the detailed specs closer to the Detroit show.

Source: Autocar, M-B


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