Mercedes-Benz is going green as they introduced two new hybrid concepts at 2012 Detroit Motor Show. The vehicles are the Mercedes-Benz E300 and Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid which both completing the three-pointed German automaker line-up together with 2013 SL roadster. All vehicles are having the same purpose: world debut and US introductory. So, what do these two duos E300 and E400 hybrid have to offer us?
Let’s talk about the Mercedes-Benz E300 hybrid first, shall we? The hybrid sedan is carrying the combination of hybrid and diesel which Mercedes refers as “world’s most economical luxury-class model”. To transform the ordinary E-Class sedan into hybrid vehicle, the German carmaker equips it with diesel-fueled BlueTec hybrid. The EPA figure is 56 mile per gallon for the European cycle, but for the US, it equals to 45 mpg.
The E300 Hybrid is carrying on the sedan or saloon design with later will be available in estate or station wagon model too. The total power output is 204 horsepower from four-pot diesel engine with additional 27 horsepower from electric motor. This E300 hybrid-diesel will be launched in Europe first without any confirmation whether it will be offered in other countries or not.
How about the Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid? This also diesel hybrid with BlueTech technology will be arrived in US and then later on at Japan, China and other countries. For the E400 Hybrid, the EPA figure stands at 27mpg for US cycle. The engine that powered the E400 Hybrid is four-pot gas-powered powerplant with total power output 306 horsepower with the electric motor adds 27 horsepower. No official price tag yet for both the Mercedes-Benz E300 and E400 Hybrid, but as we quoted form our aforementioned source, Mercedes said, “extra cost involved here is only moderate”.