You know hybrids continue to go mainstream when the likes of Mercedes-Benz now regularly includes this as an option when it toys with a line of vehicles. The latest example of this is found in the world premiere of the revamped C-Class, which the German automaker unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show this week.
Like the S and E models, the C 300 BlueTec Hybrid gets decent hybrid performance for a luxury offering. It combines a four-cylinder diesel engine and a compact electric motor that together generate an output of 150 + 20 kW (204 + 27 hp) and run on only 3.9 litres of diesel per 100 km/h in NEDC combined mode.
In terms of the infotainment system, the C-Class is equipped with what’s described as a special “avant-garde acoustic system [that] uses the space within the cross-member and side member in the body structure as a resonance chamber for the bass speakers to conjure up a listening experience almost on a par with a concert hall.” The navigation technology, meanwhile, displays Google Maps in the head unit and is able to provide more accurate real-time information about the situation on the roads when it receives its traffic data via the Internet.
For those willing to wait a little bit, Mercedes said as well it plans to eventually introduce a plug-in hybrid version. No information is yet available on what its specifications might look like.