Spy photos of a hybrid version of the Mercedes-Benz E-class, the 400L Hybrid, have surfaced on the internet, due to be unveiled later this month at the Shanghai International Auto Show.
This car will be the most powerful version of the updated Mercedes-Benz E-class in the Chinese market. It will also be the first hybrid of the brand in China. Under the hood will be a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine developing 333 hp. (248 kW) and 480 Nm of torque. It will be paired with an electric motor.
BMW and Audi have just announced plans to bring hybrid versions to the Chinese market, so Mercedes-Benz will be the first German brand to launch a similar model..
However, the company is taking a big risk as the market for hybrids in China is rather small, as buyers find such vehicles too expensive. Mosaic is also not in demand in China because of the high price..
If a hybrid version based on the long wheelbase E-Class is sold in China, then in other markets it will be based on the regular E-class..