Originally posted on CleanTechnica
Plug-in hybrids are all the rage with European carmakers, and Mercedes-Benz is planning a blitz of electrified vehicles in an attempt to become a market leader. Following the flagship S 500 plug-in hybrid is Mercedes-Benz C350e, which is launching in Germany this month with a price tag of $57,645, fuel economy rating of 112 MPGe, and an optional wagon version.
It’s so much more than just another plug-in hybrid though, as Mercedes has seen fit equip the C350e with enough power to send the sedan from 0 to 62 MPH in a scant 5.9 seconds (6.2 seconds for the wagon version).While not nearly as fast as the Tesla P85D, it’s still quicker than most cars on the road, and certainly faster than most plug-in hybrids. The 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine makes 211 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and when combined with an electric motor turning the rear wheels, total output rises to 275 horsepower and 411 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is 130 MPH, and drivers can expect up to 20 miles of all-electric driving range to round it all off.
Sounds all great on paper, right? The only nagging issue is that Mercedes is one of the worst offenders when it comes to exploiting the already-lenient European testing cycle. From over-inflated tires to taping over body panel gaps, automakers in Europe have found a way to inflate their fuel economy figures to appeal to buyer’s frugal fuel sensibilities.
Still, a 112 MPGe plug-in hybrid wagon that does 0 to 60 MPH in about 6 seconds is something we can all agree is pretty damn cool, though seriously pricey.