C-CLASS PHEV: NOW EVEN MORE ELECTRIC
The decision to do away with sixcylinder engines completely for the new C-class puts added focus on the performance capabilities of its plug-in hybrid variants.
It’s the C300e that leads the way, with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine and a gearboxmounted electric motor combining to produce 308bhp and 405lb ft.
The big development, though, is the battery. At 25.4kwh, its capacity has been almost doubled. Together with an improvement in efficiency for the motor, whose energy consumption is rated at 2.6-4.4kwh per mile, this gives the C300e a range of 55-68 miles on the WLTP test (up from 19-31 miles) and with it CO2 emissions of between 14g/km and 24g/km.
Charging can be achieved at up to 11kw from an AC charger or at up to 55kw on a DC charger, the latter of which can fully charge the battery in half an hour.