The new Mercedes-Benz C 350 e - efficiency, dynamism and comfort.
Powerful electric motor.
The dynamism and efficiency of the C 350 e make it a convincing proposition in both its Saloon and its Estate guise. With a range of 31 kilometres in purely electric mode, local emission-free driving is now a reality. Its four-cylinder petrol engine, in conjunction with a powerful electric motor, gives it a total system output of 279 hp and torque of 600 Newtonmetres.
The new C 350 e thus delivers the performance of a sports car and yet offers certified consumption figures of just 2.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres both as a Saloon and as an Estate.
Most advanced form of hybrid technology.
The C 350 e uses the currently most advanced form of hybrid technology. Its electrical energy storage unit is a high-voltage lithium-ion battery which can be charged from an external power source and so makes an effective contribution to the low consumption and emission figures. The battery is water-cooled, weighs around 100 kilograms and is mounted in a sheet steel housing underneath the rear axle in order to maximize crash safety, driving dynamics and boot space.
Intelligent on-board charging system.
Thanks to an intelligent on-board charging system, the battery can be recharged at a wallbox or at one of the growing number of public charging points. Alternatively, charging via a standard domestic socket is of course also possible.
Despite the space taken up by the battery, the C 350 e still has a boot capacity of 335 litres in its Saloon format and of 350 in the Estate model, or in the latter case of 1.370 litres with the rear-seat backrests folded down and, as ever, a level load compartment floor.
7-speed automatic with additional clutch.
The hybrid module of the standard 7-speed automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC PLUS incorporates both the electric motor and an additional clutch between the combustion engine and the electric motor. When driving in all-electric mode, this decouples the combustion engine from the drive train.
The performance of a sports car.
The high overall system output and intelligent engine management give the car the dynamic performance of a nimble sports car. The Saloon can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds, while the Estate, at 6.2 seconds, is almost as quick off the mark. The Saloon can reach a top speed of 250 km/h and the Estate up to 246 km/h, both in conjunction with certified fuel consumption of 2.1 litres per 100 kilometres.
Both variants of the C 350 e also offer the possibility of driving up to 31 kilometres in all-electric mode, and thus completely free of CO₂ emissions locally.
Making by braking.
The greatest potential for lowering the energy consumption of hybrid drive systems lies in maximising energy recovery during coasting and braking. When the brake pedal is depressed, the electric motor therefore initially takes on the task of decelerating, acting here as an alternator. If firmer braking is required, the disk brakes will then intervene mechanically to provide additional grip.
One new feature of the C 350 e is the so-called haptic accelerator pedal, which helps the driver to reduce fuel consumption and thus also exhaust emissions.
Individual transmission mode.
The complex technology of the C 350 e makes it no more difficult to drive than a conventional vehicle with automatic transmission. But anyone wanting to can also intervene manually and regulate the hybrid interplay themselves, with the help of five operating modes and three transmission modes. This is done via an operating mode switch and a transmission mode switch located in the centre console. A display in the middle of the instrument cluster shows the current setting.
Choice of four operating modes.
In addition to selecting a transmission programme, the driver of the C 350 e can also use the operating mode switch to influence the regulation between electric mode and the use of the combustion engine for driving. In the Eco and Comfort transmission modes, the operating modes Hybrid, E-Mode, E-Save and Charge are available.
Route-based operating strategy.
The best strategy for efficient operation is anticipatory driving. If the exact destination is known because the relevant data has been entered into the navigation system, charge and discharge of the C 350 e’s high-voltage battery are controlled to ensure the optimal use of energy over the whole route.
Another key point is the requirement that urban areas should be reached with a fully charged battery if possible, so that the vehicle can be driven efficiently in stop-and-go traffic – and frequently in electric mode.
Air suspension as standard.
The new C 350 e offers the familiar range of equipment and appointment options that are available for the C-Class and, in addition, includes the enhanced comfort feature AIRMATIC air suspension as part of its standard specification. Thanks to its electronically regulated continuously variable damper adjustment at both front and rear axle, the air suspension offers outstanding ride comfort with minimal road roar and tyre vibration as well as self-levelling suspension all round.
Comfortable Pre-Entry Climate Control.
Pre-Entry Climate Control, a further standard feature, makes it possible to set the desired temperature for the interior of the vehicle before setting off – cooling it in the summer, warming it up in the winter. This can be activated by pre-setting the departure time. Or directly by pressing a button. This is possible due to the electrically powered refrigerant compressor and electric heating elements for the warm air circulation.
In vehicles with the appropriate specification, the seat ventilation or heating will also be activated.