In the race to achieve optimum fuel efficiency whilst consuming the least amount of fuel, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has introduced the new Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid. Incorporating a developed version of the hybrid drive unit used in the S 400L Hybrid, the sedan also marks the return of Mercedes diesel engines in the country.
As the first diesel hybrid to come from a premium manufacturer, the E300 features a turbocharged 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that develops an outstanding output of 204 hp at 4,200 rpm and 500 Nm of torque peaking between 1,600 to 1,800 rpm. It is mated to a 7G-Tronic auto transmission that is capable of handling huge amount of torque.
As for the hybrid drive unit, it consists of a three-phase AC internal rotor magneto motor installed in the clutch housing between the engine and the gearbox. The unit generates a maximum output of 20 kW and 250 Nm of torque at an operating voltage of 120 volts. By using an AMG-derived wet clutch over conventional torque convertor, the electric motor works in tandem with the gearbox to allow pure electric driving as well as “sailing” to further reduce fuel consumption.
Juices for the electric motor are provided by a lithium-ion battery that has an output of 19 kW and energy content of 0.8 kWh, enabling the E300 to run on electric power alone at speeds up to 35 km/h for up to one km. The battery is also connected to a 12V on-board electrical system that supplies power to standard devices such as the headlamps and other comfort features.
With the two power units combined, the E300 is capable of sprinting from o to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds, with a top speed of 242 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated between 3.8 to 4.1 litres per 100 km while CO2 emissions are capped between 99 to 109 g per km.
To enhance fuel consumption in various driving conditions, the E300 comes with a raft of driving functions such as eco start/stop, Manoeuvring, Accelerating, Boost Function, Cruising, Sailing, as well as Recuperation, where the electric motor acts as a generator to recharge the battery while decelerating.
For the Malaysian market, the E300 comes equipped with AMG Sports package that include full aerokit (front bumper, side skirts and rear apron), 18-inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in 245/40 (front) and 265/35 (rear) tyres, twin exhaust system with rectangular stainless steel tailpipes and larger front brake disc.
The AMG treatment continues in the cabin, where the sedan is embellished with leather upholstery, AMG Sport steering wheel, paddle shifters, brushed stainless steel pedals with rubber studs as well as AMG floor mats.
In terms of equipment, customers will get Hands-Free Access, which features kick-activated tailgate, and 360-Degree Surround View Camera. There’s also a 17.8-cm high-res colour display that caters Comand Online multimedia system, internet connection, hard-disc navigation and a DVD changer. Rear passengers will be entertained by two units of display and wireless headphones integrated into the front seat backrests.
For safety, the E300 comes standard with Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist and Active Parking Assist.
With full duty exemptions under the 2014 National Automotive Policy (NAP), the locally-assembled Mercedes-Benz E300 BlueTEC Hybrid arrives in showrooms with an enticing price tag of RM348,888 (OTR without insurance).