The new Mercedes-Benz C 300 e sedan is a plug-in hybrid that is part of the company’s long-term aim of a CO2-neutral future. It utilises an electric motor that generates up to 90 kilowatts of power and 440 Nm of torque. On its own it give fully electric driving for up to 52 kilometres (almost double that of its predecessor, the C 350 e).

It’s mated to a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 155 kW and 350 Nm on its own. Combined, there’s maximum system outputs of 235 kW and 700 Nm. Transmission is to the rear wheels via a hybrid-specific version of the 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission, developed for use with EQ Power-enhanced vehicles.

Should you wish to sprint from zero to 100km/h on full throttle it will get you there in just 5.4 seconds – but don’t expect to get 52 kilometres of pure electric running…

The C 300 e has a lithium-ion battery that can store 13.5kWh of energy and may be fully recharged via its Type 2 plug in just two hours using the optional Mercedes-Benz Wallbox Home, or a growing number of public charging stations.

Using a conventional domestic power socket, the battery can be fully recharged in seven hours.

Standard on the C 300 e is AIR BODY Control Suspension, the safety-focused Driver Assistance Package (including Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC automated cruise control with predictive speed adjustment for bends, junctions and roundabouts), leather upholstery and KEYLESS GO.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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