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Thursday 21 August 2014

Mercedes charges ahead with hybrid

Published 09/12/2012 | 05:00

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When you think Mercedes Benz, you think big. Big cars, big money! Well, now there is big value for your euro as well.

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Mercedes is going hybrid with the E-Class and says that 4.2L/100km (67 mpg) will be possible.

And the price is big on value, too – just €51,000 for the fully kitted-out E300 BlueTEC Hybrid model, which is thousands of euro cheaper than a rival model such as the Lexus GS 450h.

The diesel engine part of the hybrid package is the 2.1 litre, 240bhp CDI with the hybrid adding 20kw of power. Both lie under the three-pointed star bonnet with the hybrid motor surrounded by a necklace of lithium-ion batteries. No space is taken up in the boot or passenger area which is very clever.

Mercedes Benz engineers say that the combined power is equal to the E300 CDI V6 but that the new hybrid set up in the E300 is 35 per cent more efficient.

And even at the road tax office there are big savings, as the output is just 109 g/km of C02, which all adds up to cheaper motoring for a big luxury car.

At the other end of the Mercedes Benz scale is the new A-Class. Two models are here – the A180 petrol at €26,435 and the A180 CDI diesel at €28,550 which will be the best seller with greener credentials of just 98 g/km. There are three levels of specification – style, urban and sport.

The body is lower to the ground by 18cm compared to the previous model for better aerodynamics and stop/start with a choice of 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmissions.

Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, adaptive Brake Assist and Brake Hold are standard features.

Sales manager for Mercedes Benz Ciaran Allen says that the new models will win appreciation from young and old alike because of the economy and high levels of technology in the infotainment systems now in all Mercedes Benz cars.

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