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The Mercedes-Benz E300 Hybrid has arrived in Australia, giving local luxury buyers the chance to get behind the wheel of the country’s first diesel-electric hybrid.

Starting at $108,900, the Mercedes-Benz E300 Hybrid sits $10K above the E250 CDI and $9K above the Lexus GS450h.

The E300 BlueTec Hybrid is powered by a 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine producing 150kW at 4200rpm and 500Nm at 1600-1800rpm tied to an electric motor that produces a further 20kW and 250Nm.

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Aimed at combining the long distance and higher speed fuel saving qualities of a diesel engine with the advantages of a hybrid vehicle in stop-start city traffic, the E300 Hybrid returns consumption and emission figures of 4.3L/100km and 113g/km of CO2.

Triple figures are reached in a claimed 7.5 seconds with top speed limited to 210km/h.

Helping the 1845kg hybrid’s green credentials is the combination of Mercedes-Benz’s seven-speed 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission, stop-start technology and regenerative braking.

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The E300 features the same leather multi-function steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, reversing camera and rain-sensing wipers as the E250 CDI, along with electric seats, leather upholstery, intelligent light system and 19-inch wheels.

A Comand APS Online Multimedia system with seven-inch TFT colour display is also included with satellite navigation and voice activation as well as Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming and iPod/iPhone/USB integration.

While the E300 loses 35 litres of boot capacity and an emergency spare wheel compared with the E250 CDI, the hybrid model retains adaptive brake technology, collision prevention assist, attention assist, blind spot assist and Mercedes-Benz’s Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system.

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A new nine-speed automatic transmission recently introduced into the German market’s E350 BlueTec is expected to reach Australia in late 2014, replacing the current seven-speed unit across the newly facelifted E-Class range.

The local line-up will continue its expansion when the 245kW/480Nm twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6-powered E400 reaches showrooms in August.

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  • Locomoto

    I thought diesel electric hybrids have been in trains for years?

    • jrtj

      They have but trains differ in that the driven wheels are entirely powered by electric motors which are supplied with electricity directly from a diesel powered generator.

      Also, unlike a Hybrid car, there is no battery (except for startup) or gearbox and the diesel engine never powers the wheels.

  • asdf

    This car is not done properly even at $20k let alone $100k.

  • Karl Sass

    To be honest I thought it would be more fuel efficient than that.

    • Zaccy16

      its amazingly fuel efficient though if you think that it weights 1800 kg, has over 500nm, goes to 100kph in a brisk 7.5 seconds and only uses .4 litres of fuel than the horrible prius hatchback!

      • Karl Sass

        I misread, I thought it said 4.9 l/100km, 4.3 isn’t so bad. You can’t directly compare the fuel consumption of petrol and diesel vehicle, one litre of petrol has a smaller environmental impact than one litre of diesel and it’s cheaper.

        • Zaccy16

          i agree, but i was just comparing hybrid to hybrid, IMO this new diesel hybrid or turbo petrol hybrid like in the 3 series BMW and 5 series BMW are they way to go because they are powerful and very fuel efficient but also work on the highway because of their torquey engines, this is where current naturally aspirated petrol hybrids such as the prius and new lexus is300h lose out on fuel efficiency, they may be good in town on fuel because of electric motors but high speed driving uses more fuel than a diesel, thats why it makes sense to have a diesel hybrid, torque for high speed overtaking but also torque low down with the electric engine saving fuel in the city!

        • kryu

          Diesel is about 5-10c cheaper than petrol at the moment in Sydney.

          The normal E250CDI upon which this hybrid is based uses 4.9L100km and still does 7.5 secs 0-100km. So unlike other hybrids which get a boost in acceleration, this doesn’t and economy is only improved from 4.9 to 4.3.

          Plus it’s a heavier so handling won’t be as good and it costs $10,000 more with the same level of kit but loses the spare wheel so I can’t really see the point.

          • hubba

            All that technology for a piddly improvement of 0.6 l/100km.
            You’ve got to be joking!

            And what would be the REAL fuel consumption as these German company’s flat out lie about the consumption figures.

          • Karl Sass

            You’re right, it’s a minimal improvement. Petrol hybrids benefit more because hybrid allows it to switch to an atkinson cycle, diesels just have the extra weight of the battery pack.

      • Chaitanya Kumar Samardhi

        It would never do a 4.3l/100 km achieving any of the performance credentials it boasts. Really cant see why people talk about these figures when none can be achieved in real world.