According to rumours, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class plug-in hybrid will use theturbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine producing 208bhp and 350Nm. This will be the engine of choice, rather than a six-cylinder unit.
Further, the source adds that the electric power will come from a 67bhp electric motor, which will be connected to a battery pack enough to power the car to a 52 km all-electric range.
The car, dubbed the C350 Plug-in Hybrid, will be offered only as a saloon and might be initially marketed in China and North America. The car could be priced higher and is expected to be more expensive than a C400 petrol.
Going by the spy pictures, the car looks identical to the standard model except the charging port that is integrated into the rear bumper. The vehicle will likely be equipped with an active shutter grille, improving the aerodynamics when additional engine cooling is not required.
The C350 Plug-in Hybrid may not make it to India. What we will get is the standard C-Class models in 2015 which will include the diesel and the petrol variants.