Its four-cylinder petrol engine, in conjunction with an electric motor, gives it a total system output of 205kW/600Nm. Claimed consumption is 2.1 litres/100km. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 65 grams per kilometre. The C 350 e is equipped as standard with Airmatic air suspension plus a Pre-Entry Climate Control system that can be controlled via the internet.
Made in South Africa
A first for the Mercedes-Benz East London plant is the manufacture of a C-Class with hybrid technology for both local and export markets.
“The successful manufacture of the C 350 e sedan at our award winning Mercedes-Benz East London plant to exacting world-class standards, is another milestone in our illustrious 68-year history of engineering excellence,” says Arno van der Merwe, CEO Mercedes-Benz South Africa & Executive Director Manufacturing.
The East London plant celebrated a record milestone of one-million vehicles produced in May 2015 and continues to receive a number of accolades and awards.
How does the system work?
The vehicle uses a high-voltage lithium-ion battery with a total capacity of 6.2 kWh, which can be charged from an external power source and so makes an effective contribution to the low consumption and emission figures. The battery is water-cooled, weighs around 100 kilograms and is mounted in a sheet steel housing underneath the rear axle in order to maximise crash safety, driving dynamics and boot space.
There's an on-board charging system, the battery can be recharged in around 1 hour 45 minutes at a wall-box (230 V, 16 A, 3.7 kW single-phase). Alternatively, charging via a standard domestic socket is of course also possible. Depending on the connection, a charge time of around two hours is achievable (with 230 V and 13 A, 3.0 kW). Despite the space taken up by the battery, the C 350 e still has a boot capacity of 335 litres.
This sedan sprints to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h in conjunction with the affore-mentioned fuel consumption of 2.1 litres/100km.
fetures above a normal C-Class
Pricing and availability
Customer vehicles vehicles will arrive in August 2016 with a base price of R804 900 with a six-year/100 000 km PremiumDrive maintenance plan.