Mercedes has confirmed prices for its new E300 Bluetec Hybrid. The saloon starts at £39,645, while the entry-level estate will cost from £41,435. Dealers have already opened their order books, and first deliveries are expected in November.
The E300 Bluetec Hybrid uses a twin-turbo 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine developing 204bhp and 369lb-ft of torque, linked to a 20kW electric motor mounted within the automatic transmission powered by a 19kW lithium-ion battery.
It will cover the 0-62mph sprint in 7.5-seconds (estate: 7.8-secs) and reach a maximum of 150mph (144mph).
Standard equipment includes 17in alloys, though 16in wheels can be fitted as a no-cost option to achieve the lowest possible CO2 and economy figures.
Leather upholstery, Becker Map Pilot Navigation and LED daytime running lights are also included as standard.
Fitted with the optional 16in alloys, the E300 Bluetec Hybrid will, according to Mercedes, return 65.7mpg (62.8mpg) on the combined cycle. The CO2 figure is 109g/km (116 g/km). The BIK rates start at 12%, although the figure varies according to body style and specification.
Cleverly, Mercedes designers have incorporated the hybrid system within the vehicle, thus ensuring it doesn’t impact on the versatility or load capacity of the E-Class.
In addition, the electric motor is mounted within the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. Luggage space remains the same as in standard E-Class saloons and estates.