Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the latest addition to its E-Class line of midsized sedans: the E300de which packs a hybrid engine system which delivers fuel economy numbers that will make jaws everywhere drop.
With a consumption rate of 62.5 kilometers per liter on open highways, the E300de puts efficiency to the extreme. The 2.0 liter engine paired with the electric motor, however, don’t sacrifice power to give you that kind of efficiency. In fact, drivers will have 700 Nm of torque at their disposal, allowing them to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds.
The top speed of the vehicle is capped at 250km/h for safety reasons, plus the fact that 120km/h is the speed limit in most Philippine highways.
As you may guess, the “de” in the model name stands for Diesel and Electric – the main fuel sources of the vehicle’s engine. If you thought it stood for Deutschland, you wouldn’t have been too mistaken as Mercedes has been the flag bearer of German auto industry for about a century now.
The E300de can also run on only its electric motor for up to 54 km at a top speed of 130kmh. That’s about the length of NLEX from Balintawak to the San Fernando, Pampanga exit.
The E-class also has a petrol hybrid variant. In the Philippines, however, most car owners prefer diesel due to its significant cost advantage over unleaded gasoline.
Mercedes-Benz’s E-class traces its roots to the W120 model which launched in 1953. The line has come a long way since and has led its segment for most of its journey. The current fifth-generation E-class is an automotive marvel with its superior performance, luxurious interiors and advanced technological features. In addition to the hybrid motors in some of its variants, some members of the E-class have semi-automated driving modes that enhance driver comfort and safety.
E-class car prices range from the 4.5 million peso Avantgarde trim to the 12+ million peso flagship E63 AMG trim. Pricing details on the E300de are yet to be revealed locally but expect them to be affordable only to the affluent.