Mercedes will bring E Class two hybrids to Detroit

The Germans at Mercedes will be present at the Detroit Motor Show with their usual lineup of cars but they will be focusing attention on the E Class.

Not because the mid-sized luxury saloon is suddenly going to get interesting, good looking or reasonably priced, but it does have a trick up its sleeve.

Mercedes E350 BlueTec Hybrid

Mercedes E350 BlueTec Hybrid

A trick up each of its sleeves, as the three pointed star will bring two special versions of the E Class to the Detroit Motor Show and each of them has the word “hybrid” on the back.

The first one in the list is the Mercedes E400 Hybrid, a car powered by a 3.5 liter V6 of yet to be announced performance that’s teamed with a 27 horsepower and 184 lb-ft electric motor.

Such a model is supposed to return some 32.4 mpg on the US cycle without making any compromises on the atmosphere of luxury and boredom in the Mercedes E Class.

Mercedes E350 BlueTec Hybrid

Mercedes E350 BlueTec Hybrid

A second hybrid version of the Mercedes E Class is differently interesting, particularly as it will be featuring the same sort of electric motor only it’s going to be teamed to a different engine.

This time, the Mercedes E300 BlueTec Hybrid features a a 2.1 liter four-cylinder diesel engine with 201 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.

The powerful engine will make for a 0 to 62 mph acceleration time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 150 mph.

Mercedes E350 BlueTec Hybrid

Mercedes E350 BlueTec Hybrid

That said, the most important figure on the spec sheet of the Mercedes E300 BlueTec Hybrid will be a fuel economy level of 56 mpg US.

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