New £47,700 E 300de bucks the pattern for eco-friendly plug-in hybrids by eschewing petrol.
Mercedes has launched a plug-in hybrid model of its E-Class govt saloon that groups an electrical motor with a diesel engine.
The choice to go for diesel energy bucks the pattern amongst plug-in hybrids, which have a tendency to make use of petrol engines. Common fashions together with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Toyota Prius Plug-In each hearth up gasoline engines when the batteries run flat.
Nevertheless, Mercedes says the brand new E 300 de, which is offered as a Saloon or an Property, combines “the last word mixture of diesel’s long-distance effectivity and frugality with the emissions-free operating of electrical energy.”
Underneath the newcomer’s bonnet, there's a 2-litre diesel engine with 192 bhp, in addition to a 120 bhp electrical motor. Collectively, they produce a large 516 lb-ft of torque – greater than a Ferrari Portofino – and may return as much as 166.2 mpg on the new WLTP economic system check.
The electrical-only vary is 34 miles for the Saloon and 32 miles for the Property, so it’s a great distance off the 70 miles required to be eligible for the federal government’s revamped Plug-In Automobile Grant, however the 41 g/km CO2 emissions put it within the 13 % firm automobile tax bracket for the 2018/19 monetary yr.
However in addition to providing economic system, the brand new powertrain’s grunt gives efficiency, too. The dash from a standstill to 62 mph takes round six seconds, and the highest pace is 155 mph.
The E 300 de is obtainable in two trim ranges, with SE being the cheaper of the 2. Beginning at £47,700 for the Saloon and £49,700 for the Property, the usual plug-in E-Class comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a ‘widescreen’ digital infotainment and dashboard show and keyless begin. Entrance and rear parking sensors are included, too, as are 4 USB ports and heated entrance seats.
Spending an additional £2,495 will purchase you the extra generously geared up AMG Line mannequin, which will get AMG bodystyling, privateness glass and an AMG steering wheel.
And as with all Mercedes choices, there’s a bewildering vary of possibility packs obtainable. The Premium package deal, for instance, prices £2,395 and contains reminiscence seats, wi-fi cellphone charging and a 360-degree parking digicam.
For £four,395, nevertheless, you may have the Premium Plus package deal, which provides to the Premium package deal with a Burmeister sound system, computerized powered boot closing and a panoramic sunroof.
Different packages embrace the £1,895 Consolation package deal (£three,295 for AMG Line automobiles), which is offered solely in tandem with both the Premium or Premium Plus pack, and contains intelligent air suspension and pure Nappa leather-based.
The E 300 de is offered to order now, with the primary UK deliveries scheduled for spring 2019.