Published on January 15th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mercedes E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID Just RM348,888.00
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia opens a new chapter in its brand’s core segment with the introduction of the new E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, the world’s most fuel-efficient model in the luxury segment. The 4-cylinder diesel engine of the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is rated at 150 kW (204 hp) and 500 Nm. The diesel engine combines with an electric motor rated at 20 kW and 250 Nm to produce a harmonious overall concept.
Passenger comfort is high on the list of prerequisites in this new model, which offers spaciousness in both the interior and luggage compartment. The intelligent, modular hybrid concept represents a comprehensive enhancement of the S 400 L HYBRID – the clear market leader in its segment as no body modifications are necessary. The hybrid module is flexible and also suitable for deployment in other model series.
The E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID forms part of the brand’s intelligent downsizing strategy, which involves making conventional models far more efficient without sacrificing driveability or comfort. For instance, the in-house engineers have their sights set on exemplary consumption figures in everyday traffic rather than on standard or NEDC combined consumption, for instance.
The familiar “Real Life Safety” philosophy, which focuses on safety benefits under real-life conditions rather than standardised crash-test results, is augmented by “Real Life Efficiency”. The hybridisation also enhances ride comfort: the car starts and moves off in virtual silence, while the hybrid module also damps any internal combustion engine vibrations. What’s more, complete climate control is available even in start/stop mode.
Coasting along the motorway
Mercedes-Benz hybrid technology offers a wealth of extra functions that enhance both comfort and efficiency as well as helping to deliver a special driving experience underpinned by accomplished sportiness:
- When the car is stationary – ECO start/stop: the internal combustion engine switches off when coasting at speeds up to 160 km/h, since ancillaries such as the steering, brakes and refrigerant compressor operate electrically. It is restarted quickly, smoothly and virtually silently.
- Manoeuvring: in most cases, the car uses electric power alone for manoeuvring and parking.
- Accelerating: electrical power alone is used for moving off and driving under low load. Acceleration from standstill is particularly powerful, since the electric motor’s full torque of up to 250 Nm is available instantaneously.
- Boost function: the electric motor supports the combustion engine during acceleration, e.g. in the course of overtaking.
- Cruising: when the car is being driven at a constant speed, the engine control unit shifts the operating points towards exceptionally low specific fuel consumption levels.
- Sailing: “sailing”, as it has come to be known, is possible at speeds below 160 km/h. The combustion engine shuts down and the desired speed is maintained by the electric‑motor alone until the battery needs recharging.
- Kinetic energy recuperation when coasting or braking: when the car is coasting (decelerating), the electric motor acts as a generator. When the brake pedal is pressed, the generator output is initially increased proportionally for greater deceleration. Only when increased brake pressure is applied are the wheel brakes additionally deployed.
- Information: an additional savings effect arises after a relatively short period of time, as drivers come to apply the above-stated functions in an increasingly more purposeful and effective manner. They are supported here by the display concept in the hybrid models – the central display provides information on the current energy flow and the charge status of the battery.
The hybrid module: a compact and intelligently integrated powerhouse
The hybrid drive unit is a further development of the module from the S 400L HYBRID and is based on the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. Distinguishing features include the omission of the hydraulic torque converter and the addition of a wet clutch of the kind also found in the high-performance AMG models. Consequently, the electric motor can be integrated in the transmission unit in such a way that it takes up only marginally more space than the 7G-TRONIC (+65 mm). The omission of the converter allows all-electric motoring as well as “sailing”, thus significantly boosting the potential to reduce fuel consumption.
The compact electric motor, which is installed in space-saving configuration in the clutch housing between engine and transmission, is a 3-‑phase AC internal rotor magneto motor which generates a maximum output of 20 kW and peak torque of 250 Newton metres at an operating voltage of 120 volts.
The components: perfectly integrated into the vehicle
The hybrid drive’s electrical energy is provided by the high-voltage lithium-ion battery specially developed for use in vehicles. Its key characteristics include an output of 19 kW and an energy content of 0.8 kWh, allowing the E-Class to run on electric power alone at up to 35 km/h and for up to one kilometre. Space-saving installation of the drive in the engine compartment in place of the conventional starter battery means that the generous interior dimensions and the luggage compartment capacity remain unchanged. In addition to serving as an energy accumulator for the electric motor, the lithium-ion battery is also connected via the voltage converter to the 12V on-board electrical system, which supplies power to standard power-consuming devices such as the headlamps and the comfort features.
Sophisticated packaging means that numerous hybrid-specific components such as the high-performance electronics in the engine compartment can be integrated directly with the internal combustion engine, thus neatly rounding off the modularity concept: the hybrid models can be produced on the same assembly line as their conventional counterparts without needing to be diverted elsewhere. Another advantage of the overall concept is the scalability and compatibility with other vehicles and engines.
Distinctive design creating an even more dynamic and exclusive aura
Similar to the E 400, the striking features of the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is equipped with AMG Sports package include 18-inch 5-Twin Spoke Alloy Wheels with mixed tyres. The AMG body styling consists of AMG designed front, rear aprons and powerful side skirts. Further characteristic features to aid recognition include larger front brake disc, Twin Exhaust System with Rectangular Stainless Steel Pipes integrated into rear bumper.
Dynamic, exclusive atmosphere inside
The interior of the E-Class has also been visible reworked and harmonised with the expressive exterior. High-quality materials and refined, subdivided areas with precise joints and sharp curves underscore the high-quality overall impression of the generous interior.
Further identifying features of the interior is the AMG Sport steering wheel with paddle shifters in a three-spoke design, brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs and AMG velour floor mats.
The new E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is also fitted with HANDS-FREE ACCESS and 360-degree Surround View Camera. The HANDS-FREE ACCESS feature enables the boot lid to be opened and closed without actual physical contact by simply holding your foot beneath the bumper, and is therefore extremely convenient when loading and unloading the vehicle.
The Surround View Camera covers all four sides of the vehicle, thus enabling a uniform all-round view, including virtual bird’s eye view – a top-down view of the vehicle and its immediate surroundings. Dynamic guide lines help with entering and leaving parking spaces as well as manoeuvring.
Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID also offers the COMAND Online multimedia system for the E-Class with 17.8 cm high-resolution colour display, internet connection, hard-disc navigation and a DVD changer. The Rear Seat Entertainment System includes two 20.3 cm display integrated into the front seat backrests and high quality wireless headphones, offering first class entertainment in the second row with brilliant picture and sound quality.
“Intelligent drive” with new assistance systems
As standard, the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is fitted with COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST, a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive brake assist systems. It helps to significantly reduce the risk of a rear-end collision. Also forming part of the standard equipment is ATTENTION ASSIST, which is now able to warn of inattentiveness and drowsiness across a wider speed range, and also inform the driver about his level of fatigue and the amount of driving time which has elapsed since the last break. It also offers an adjustable sensitivity level. Active Parking Assist enables automated parking with active steering and brake control in both parallel and end-on spaces.
E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID model at a glance:
|Model||E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID|
|Combustion engine||4-cylinder in-line diesel|
|Rated output (kW/hp)||150/204|
|Electric motor output (kW)||20|
|Electric motor torque (Nm)||250|
|Electric range (km)||1.0|
|Maximum speed (km/h)||242|
|0-100 km/h (s)||7.1|
|Fuel consumption (l/100 km)||4.1-3.8|
|CO2 emissions (g/km)||109 – 99|
|Price (OTR w/o Insurance)||RM 348,888|