WHEN IT COMES TO HIGH-END

Finweek English Edition - - LIFESTYLE -

lux­ury cars, the Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTec Hy­brid cer­tainly looks the part, and tip­ping the scales even more in its favour is the fact that it’s the world’s most fuel-ef­fi­cient model in its seg­ment.

The hy­brid is com­pa­ra­ble to the E300 CDI (170kW/540Nm) on the road. In terms of ve­hi­cle weight, t he E300 BlueTEC Hy­brid is on a par with the E300 CDI.

In fact, its key char­ac­ter­is­tics in­clude an

out­put of 19kW and an en­ergy con­tent of 0.8kWh, al­low­ing the E-Class to run on elec­tric power alone at up to 35km/h and for up to one kilo­me­tre. Nice, but what about raw, vis­ceral power? The E300 is ca­pa­ble of a

top speed of 242km/h, but en­gages in ‘sail­ing’, an in­dus­try term for the shut­down of the com­bus­tion engine while the de­sired speed is main­tained by the elec­tric mo­tor alone, at lower speeds. It’s a neat trick that al­lows the hy­brid to achieve its world class ef­fi­ciency of just

4.1 l/100km. The E300 can keep this up at least un­til the bat­tery needs recharg­ing. This is pos­si­ble at speeds be­low 160km/h. On a full tank and a full charge the E300 has a

range of 940km . Given th­ese num­bers, it’s nice to know that the hy­brid has around 35% bet­ter fuel con­sump­tion and CO emis­sions than its equiv­a­lent ‘dirty’ twin, the CDI.

Mercedes E300 BlueTEC Hy­brid

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