New Mercedes E-Class plug-in hybrid 2019: specs and pricing
Mercedes is now taking orders for its new E 300 de diesel and E 300 e petrol plug-in hybrid cars. Prices for the diesel start at £47,700 for the saloon and £49,700 for the estate in entry-level SE form, rising to £50,195 and £52,195 respectively for AMG Line trim. The petrol E 300 e is only available as a saloon, and will cost from £47,450 for the SE and £49,890 for the AMG Line.
The new models aim to offer zero-emissions capability for short-distance and urban driving, courtesy of a 122hp electric motor and 13.5kWh battery, with the convenience of a 208bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine (in the E 300 e), or a 191bhp diesel (in the E 300 de).
Both the E-Class plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models fall into the same low, Group 13 Benefit-in-Kind company-car tax band, and are exempt from VED (road tax) and London Congestion Charge. However, neither model has a long enough pure-electric range to qualify for the government plug-in car grant.
Claimed fuel efficiency is up to 166mpg and CO2 emissions for the four-door diesel saloon stand at 41g/km, while the estate emits 44g/km. The petrol E-Class PHEV manages 134.5mpg and 46g/km of CO2.
Claimed zero-emissions range for the E 300 de saloon and estate is 34 and 32 miles respectively, while the E 300 e petrol saloon claims 31 miles of pure electric running. Mercedes says a 7.4kW charger will replenish the car's battery from 10 to 100% capacity in under two hours, while a three-pin domestic plug will do the same in four hours.
Performance-wise, the 0-62mph sprint takes 5.9 seconds in the diesel saloon (a tenth longer for the estate), and 5.7 seconds in the petrol.
SE and AMG Line trim levels are offered, with the baseline specification including blind-spot assistance, a widescreen cockpit, four USB ports, illuminated door sills, split-folding rear seats, active parking assistance with front and rear sensors, a seat comfort package, 64-colour ambient lighting, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless go and heated front seats.
AMG Line adds sporty exterior bodystyling, a different design of 18-inch alloys, 'Artico Dinamica' leather upholstery, an AMG steering wheel with touch controls and privacy glass.
There are also option packages: the £2,395 Premium pack adds Mercedes' COMAND Online infotainment system, wireless charging; multi-beam LED lights and a 360-degree parking camera, while the £4,395 Premium Plus pack adds a Burmester surround-sound stereo, hands-free access, a powered boot and a panoramic sunroof.
The £595 Night pack, meanwhile, includes high-gloss black alloy wheels and various pieces of high-gloss black and chrome exterior trim. Then there's the Comfort pack, which is only available in conjunction with the Premium or Premium Plus packs. Adding it costs £1,895 on an SE trim car, or £3,295 on an AMG Line. It includes air suspension and (on AMG Line only) Nappa leather upholstery.
Driver assistance systems can be added by specifying the £595 Lane Tracking pack (which includes active lane-keeping assistance) or the £1,695 Driving Assistance pack, which adds active braking assistance, Mercedes' DISTRONIC active cruise-control system, active speed-limit assistance, active lane-changing assistance, evasive steering assistance and various 'Pre-Safe' systems that prepare the car if an imminent impact is detected.
In addition to the diesel-electric and petrol-electric plug-in hybrid E-Class, a diesel-electric C-Class (the C 300 de) and petrol-electric S-Class (the S 560 e) models are also on the way to take on rivals including the new BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid.