New Mercedes-Benz E-Class will come as gasoline and diesel powered hybrids

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Hybrid powered vehicles are now in its matured stage, and what to better showcase this than the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Hybrid sedans. The company plans to introduce two new hybrid sedans at the Detroit Auto Show in January of 2012.

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class hybrid will come in as both in gasoline and diesel powered hybrid systems. According to Mercedes-Benz, the E400 Hybrid sedan with the gasoline and electric powertrain will be available in the United States, and while the E300 Bluetec diesel hybrid version will be offered in China and elsewhere in world. In addition, a diesel hybrid powered station wagon is in the works as well.

In the Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid sedan, it is powered with a 3.5-liter V6 engine (302 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque) and a 20kW electric motor with 184 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for this gasoline hybrid powertrain is said to be around 24/31 mpg (city/hwy). While its counterpart the E300 Bluetec Hybrid comes with a 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel engine producing 201 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, and it is combined with the same electric motor as the gasoline hybrid version. Fuel economy for the E300 Bluetec Hybrid sedan is estimated at 56 mpg.

Among many hybrid features provide maximum fuel efficiency, Mercedes-Benz also added a stop-start system and a regenerative braking system to these E-Class hybrid sedans.