What Is It?
2016 Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-In Hybrid
What's New About This Model?
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-In Hybrid gets a new powertrain that bundles a 6.2-kWh battery pack and electric motor with a new turbocharged four-cylinder motor. This combination is good for a 0-60 run of 5.9 seconds and 20 miles of electric range.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-In Hybrid goes on sale in the fall of 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but expect the C350 plug-in to start around $50,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The Mercedes-Benz C350 Plug-In Hybrid is a four-door sedan (we're guessing the wagon won't make its way to the U.S.) that should slot into the Mercedes lineup above both the C300 and C400, but below the high-performance AMG variants.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 1.9-liter inline four-cylinder: 208 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque
- 80-hp electric motor, 251 lb-ft of torque
- Total system power: 275 hp, 443 lb-ft of torque
- Seven-speed automatic
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
For its new C-Class plug-in hybrid, Mercedes has slotted the electric power plant between the gasoline engine and the transmission and connects them via clutches. This layout enables the car to function solely as an EV and also allows the electric motor to act as supplemental horsepower to the four-cylinder when the driver calls for it. Mercedes estimates that when both motors are doing their thing, this plug-in hybrid can hit 60 mph in under 6 seconds, with a top speed of 130 mph.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Like all other C-Class models, the C350 Hybrid is on the cutting edge of safety, with adaptive cruise control with steering assist, collision prevention assist, automatic braking with pedestrian detection, cross-traffic assist, active blind spot monitors and multiple airbags.
What Other Models Should You Consider?
BMW i3: This funky little four-door isn't a straight competitor to the C-Class, but thanks to a range-extending gasoline engine, it's capable of short road trips. And thanks to the BMW badge on the front, it'll cast a more impressive shadow in your driveway than some of the other alt-fuel vehicles out there.
Infiniti Q50 Hybrid: This midsize luxury sedan features a more powerful hybrid drivetrain and slightly larger size, but its execution is still in need of some refinement.
Should You Wait for It?
There aren't many alternatives in the segment, so if a compact luxury hybrid sedan is your priority, the C350 is worth the wait.