Mercedes-Benz has released the E-Class petrol sedan with a fuel consumption of 1.4 liters per 100 km. The hybrid powertrain relies on the E-Class with a 140mm wheelbase increased and will only be sold in the Chinese market.
From the usual elongated E-Class, the new hybrid differs in appearance only from the back – 2 charging hatches appeared under the lamps. The left port is for fast charging, the right one is powered from a regular outlet. Another difference is the unusual nameplate E 350 eL.
The hybrid is powered by a gasoline-electric power plant consisting of a 211-horsepower (350 Nm) 2.0-liter turbo four, a 122-horsepower electric motor and a traction battery with a capacity of 15.6 kilowatt-hours.
The settings are selected with an emphasis on economy, so the Chinese E-Class consumes almost one and a half times less gasoline in the combined cycle in comparison with the E 300 e hybrid for Europe. In terms of the range without connecting an internal combustion engine, the Chinese hybrid also surpasses the European one, but 120 km of autonomy should not be misleading – the measurements were made according to the outdated NEDC cycle. But the novelty is not a slow one: from 0 to 100 km / h, the rear-wheel drive sedan accelerates in 6.7 seconds.
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The Mercedes-Benz E 350 eL was priced at 521.9 thousand yuan (approximately $ 80,500 at the current exchange rate), that is, the hybrid is 18% more expensive than the usual long-wheelbase E-Class from 439.9 thousand yuan (approximately 67,900 dollars at the current exchange rate).
We also advise you to watch a detailed test drive of the Mercedes E-Class 300de from the FineAuto team: