German media is reporting Mercedes-Benz will start taking orders for the C-Class plug-in hybrid in January 2015.
The vehicle is going to be commercialized with the "C350e" moniker, with the "e" denoting it's a plug-in hybrid model as previously announced by Mercedes-Benz when they revealed an updated nomenclature structure more than a month ago. Order books are expected to be opened in January 2015 while deliveries should occur in the first quarter of the year.
The Mercedes-Benz C350e will get a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine rated at 208 bhp (155 kW) teamed up with an electric motor providing an extra 80 bhp (60 kW). There's also a 8.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack installed above the rear axle which will enable a more balanced weight distribution. In electric mode, the vehicle will be able to travel for up to 32 km (20 miles) before running out of juice while used as a hybrid it should have a fuel consumption of just 2.1 liters / 100 km (112 mpg US or 134.5 mpg UK).
Mercedes-Benz is planning an additional nine e-badged models to launch in the next three years and it is believed none of these will slot in the A-Class family.