Mercedes-Benz sources have confirmed the C-Class plug-in hybrid version will use the 211 PS (155 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine from the C250 modification, rather than a six-cylinder unit

Mercedes-Benz sources have confirmed the C-Class plug-in hybrid version will use the 211 PS (155 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine from the C250 modification, rather than a six-cylinder unit.

The insider has also told Autocar the electric power will come from a 68 PS (50 kW) electric motor, which will be connected to a battery pack big enough to give the car a 32-mile (52 km) all-electric range.

Dubbed the C350 Plug-in Hybrid, the vehicle will be offered only as a saloon and will be primarily marketed in China and North America. In terms of price, "it will be an expensive car", the insider says, "more expensive than a C400 petrol, probably".

Judging by the last spy photos, the C350 Plug-in Hybrid will be looking virtually identical to the standard model with a charging port that is integrated into the rear bumper, similar to the configuration in Mercedes-Benz S-class plug-in hybrid. The vehicle will likely be equipped with an active shutter grille, improving the aerodynamics when additional engine cooling is not required.

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