Original content from Gas 2 by Jo Borrás
When you put green-minded car guys into a room, you almost always hear arguments for “clean“ high-MPG diesel cars vs. more complicated, but more prevalent (in the US, at least) gas-electric hybrids. Almost always, the conversation ends with someone saying “too bad you can’t buy a diesel hybrid” with many nods being shared over beers.
Well, if remarks from Mercedes’ execs at this years North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and the release of this video are any indication, it seems like Mercedes-Benz has done it.
Not only does the new for 2014 Mercedes C Class feature a C300 Bluetec diesel model, but Mercedes seems to have built a C300 Bluetec Hybrid, as well. There’s more on that, and photos from the floor of Cobo Center. Enjoy!
Mercedes brought the latest version of its C Class sedans to the 2014 Detroit Auto Show – make that, the latest versions of its C Class sedan. According to the announcer at the MBUSA press conference, buyers will be able to choose the “traditional” Mercedes-Benz slatted grille or the “SL style” grille with a prominent 3-pointed star. The biggest news, however, is the availability of a Bluetec Mercedes diesel engine in the C Class.
In addition to the C300 Bluetec Mercedes Diesel shown here (in white), you’ll be able to order a C250 powered by a 201 hp, 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine or a C350 that’s powered by a 3.5 liter V6 capable of delivering more than 300 hp while getting 29 MPG highway.
The new engines come with a refreshed exterior more in tune with Mercedes’ new S600 flagship sedans. Softer edges, improved aerodynamics, and an interior featuring a prominently placed “tablet” floating above the dashboard work together to keep the newest “baby Benz” culturally relevant in the face of what’s sure to be stiff competition from Tesla’s upcoming Model E and Fisker’s Nina (assuming anyone’s willing to pay the now $55 million needed to make that a reality).
Even more telling, perhaps, that Mercedes considers Tesla and, now, Lexus as its primary competitors might be the announcement from MB brass that a Bluetec hybrid C Class will be coming next year to join the company’s bigger, badder, S class hybrid offerings. So far, details are scarce- but you can check out a quick video of the upcoming C300 Bluetec Mercedes diesel hybrid, here …
… and check out the new C Class’ available nose options in these photos, below, and let us know what you think of Mercedes’ newest C Class options in the comments section at the bottom of this article. Enjoy!
Sporty Mercedes Diesel C300 C Class
Comfortable Mercedes C250 C Class