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Mercedes launches C350e, GLE500e & S500e Plug-in Hybrid models

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Mercedes-Benz has confirmed three new Plug-in Hybrid models from the brand are set to go on sale in Australia this month – the C 350 e, GLE 500 e 4MATIC and S 500 e.

Priced from $75,300 plus ORC for the C 350 e, the hybridised C-Class will be offered in Sedan and Estate (wagon) body style. It features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine married to a 60kW electric motor for a combined output of 205kW and 600Nm of torque,

Mercedes claims the C 350 e will deliver a claimed combined fuel consumption of 2.4L/100km, along with an an all-electric range of up to 31km.

Both sedan and estate are equipped with air suspension and a pre-entry climate control system as standard.

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The $124,900 plus ORC GLE 500 e 4MATIC meanwhile, is powered by 245kW/480Nm 3.0-litre V6 mated with an 85kW electric motor for a total system output of V8-rivalling 325kW and 650Nm of torque.

It will demolish 0-100km/h in a claimed 5.3 seconds while promising to sip just 3.3L/100km of petrol. According to Mercedes, the system also offers all-electric driving at speeds of up to 130km/h.

Finally, for the environmentally conscious who still want a large luxury saloon, Mercedes is happy to sell you the long-wheelbase S 500 e priced from $319,715 plus ORC. It blends the same 3.0-litre V6 with an electric motor for a total system output of 325kW and 650Nm, enough to propel the car from 0-100km/h in 5.2 seconds. Fuel economy is rated at 2.8L/100km.

Besides these three models, the German brand will also be launching the E 350 e Plug-in Hybrid early next year.

Model Price (Excl. on-roads)
C 350 e Sedan $75,300
C 350 e Estate $77,800
GLE 500 e $124,900
S 500 e $319,715


C 350 e
GLE 500 e 4MATIC S 500 e
Number of cylinders/arrangement 4/in-line V6 V6
Displacement (cc) 1991 2996 2996
Rated output (kW at rpm) 155 at 5500 245 at 5250-6000 245 at 5250-6000
Rated torque (Nm at rpm) 350 at 1200-4000 480 at 1600-4000 480 at 1600-4000
Rated output of electric motor (kW at rpm) 60 at 2000 85 at 3500 85 at 3500
Max. rated system output (kW at rpm) 205 at 5000 325 at 5250-5500 325 at 5250-5500
Max. system torque (Nm) 600 650 650
Combined fuel consumption (l/100 km) 2.4
3.3 2.8
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km) 56 (59) 78 65
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s) 5.9 (6.2) 5.3 5.2
Top speed (km/h) 210 210 210
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