Making Cooler Cars More Green

At the Detroit Auto Show Mercedes-Benz rolled out two new hybrid E-Class vehicles, a diesel and a gasoline version. Mercedes-Benz has dubbed the E300 diesel hybrid as the "world's most economical luxury-class model." Although the diesel will launch in Europe, the US will see the gasoline E400 hybrid first and Japan China and other countries following. There has not been a set price yet for the hybrid E-Class vehicles but Mercedes-Benz did say that the "extra cost involved here is only moderate."

The E-Class hybrids use a combination of lithium-ion batteries, start-stop, regenerative brakes and the ability to "sail" to save fuel. Sailing here means that, at speeds of up to 100 mph, the combustion engine can switch off while the electric motor keeps the car moving as long as the 0.8-kWh battery has enough power. Check out the full details below:

Model Specs:

E300 Diesel Hybrid:
  • 204 hp 4 Cylinder Engine
  • 27 hp from Electric Motor
  • 45 mpg
  • Top Speed: 150 mph
  • 0-62 in 7.5 sec

E400 Gas Hybrid:
  • 306 hp From Gas Engine
  • 27 hp From Electric Motor
  • 27 mpg
  • Top Speed: 130 mph
  • 0-60 in 6.7 sec

Damiler's chairman of the board, Dieter Zetsche, put it this during the press conference in Detroit: Mercedes is "making green cars cooler and cool cars greener." We at Mercedes-Benz of Santa Rosa are very excited to see all that the E300 Hybrid and E400 Hybrid have to offer. Although you will only be able to get the E400 Hybrid in the US starting off, we hope to see the E300 Diesel make is way to our Santa Rosa, CA dealership. Make sure to stop by our Mercedes-Benz dealership at 2881 Corby Ave. Santa Rosa, CA 95407 today!


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