The new Mercedes C-Class diesel hybrid may have torque figures to match the high-performance C 63 AMG fashions together with CO2 emissions of lower than 40g/km when it reaches sellers on the finish of this yr, it has emerged.
Likely to be badged C 300 de, the brand new fashion – which flies within the face of business tendencies clear of blending diesel engines with electrification – will mix Mercedes’ newest OM654 2.Zero-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with an electrical motor generating 121bhp and a 13.5kWh battery pack. Now the person in control of C-Class has instructed Auto Express that the torque figure for the mixed powertrain will match the 700Nm on be offering within the C 63 S AMG super-saloon.
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“We think this will be a really strong proposition,” Christian Fruh, C-Class engineering boss, instructed Auto Express on the New York Auto Show. “The torque figure is really strong, because you combine the 400Nm in the OM654 and 440Nm from the 90kW electric motor. The limiting factor becomes the transmission, because 840Nm would exceed the maximum capability of the gearbox, so the final figure is limited to 700Nm. This is will be such a rapid vehicle.”
It must even be an effective one – and interesting underneath corporate automotive taxation regulations. Because Fruh additionally admitted that the C 300 de may have CO2 emissions conveniently under the ones of the prevailing C-Class plug-in hybrid, the C 350 e. That automotive manages 48g/km of CO2 however Fruh stated Mercedes expects the C 300 de to publish a figure of round 38g/km.
The C 300 de may have a pure-electric vary of round 50km (31 miles) and Fruh stated the energy of the electrical motor has helped engineers to ship clean ‘coasting’ at cruising speeds, the place the C-Class turns the diesel engine off and on relying at the throttle load. “It has a very smooth transition,” he stated. “The electric motor is such a strong device that we’ve been able to do this.”
There can be a plug-in hybrid model of the revised C-Class in response to four-cylinder petrol energy. It’s anticipated to succeed in the marketplace round the similar time because the C 300 de, even though Mercedes would possibly make a choice to cling off its debut till autumn’s Paris Motor Show.
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New Mercedes C 300 de hybrid to match C 63’s torque figure