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Testing appears to be underway for what would be the first Mercedes-Benz C-Class with a hybrid powertrain. We can see a pair of the prototypes undergoing testing in Germany, with one, a C-Class Wagon, still heavily clad in camouflage and featuring a more noticeable outlet on the passenger side of its rear bumper.

There's also a more production-looking sedan, which features a not-so-discreet flap over its rear-bumper outlet. It's difficult to speculate on power outputs for this fuel-sipping C-Class, although our spies seem to think that this car will feature some combination of a four-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor, although just which four is unclear (note, we wouldn't mind if MB fit its 2.0-liter turbo with some batteries and motors). Regardless, the four-pot/electric motor seems like a pretty reasonable combo, although it probably means that Mercedes won't be challenging the six-cylinder-powered system of the BMW ActiveHybrid3 any time soon.

When the plug-in C-Class arrives later this year as a 2015 model, it will likely offer a full range of driving modes, including both gas or electric, only, as well as a more traditional hybrid mode.

Take a look up top for our gallery of spy images of this ultra-efficient Mercedes.


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      MTN RANGER
      • 1 Year Ago
      New C Class looks nice. I wonder what the EV range will be? 20 miles is my guess.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      So Mercedes, Volvo, BMW, VW, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Ford now all either have or are working on plug-in hybrids. GM can stand up proudly and bathe in the fact that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. And perhaps GM will wow us all with their next-gen Voltec vehicles.
        Tina Dang
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Or GM can stand up to the fact that 13 people died from a known defect in their pathetic tin boxes instead of trying to run away from the issues of "Old GM". Oooops......
          Jai
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tina Dang
          The "topic" isnt about GM in the first place. Just saying
          thecommentator2013
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tina Dang
          Focus on the topic, would you? If not, then do please not forget to mention other manufacturers who are accountable for quite some deaths in their tin boxes.... Oh wait, you just let off some steam, huh...
          CoolWaters
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tina Dang
          Accountants.
          fairfireman21
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tina Dang
          Toyota did not kill anyone with the UE problem they knew about for 10 years. Firestone did not kill people when their tires were blowing out. Just stating GM is not the only one.
        thecommentator2013
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Been saying that the moment they came out with the VOLTEC-platform. Instantly, it was clear what a very great and groundbreaking concept it was and is. Anything new coming up is the continuation of the very VOLTEC concept. When GM does something right, they do it very right...
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @thecommentator2013
          And it is funny that it gets called the 'Obamamobile' since the Obama administration tried to kill it during the restructuring. But GM management insisted that it continue because they know it is a long term product class. They are looking to leap-frog the conventional hybrids by building the best PHEVs.
        CoolWaters
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        Exactly. GM really did get it right. It looks like, with Toyota's research direction, even they will be switching, at some time, to the new GM Design. You have to admit it. GM was the INNOVATION LEADER.
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just hope GM copies MB here, and brings out a Volt 2.0 WAGON. We need space for our hunting and camping equipment.
      mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well aint this original, a plug in port in the rear bumper. Everyone one else puts it above the front bumper or side front fender, so I wonder how it will hold up in a impact. Second , I guess Mercedes owners will be backing up. Oh one other thing , yes i agree with the commentators, everyone seems to be swinging towards the extended range ev, or plug in hybrid. Go GM!
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes-Benz C-Class The Grade Is Right There In The Name
      mikeam91
      • 1 Year Ago
      Absolutely hate the plug-in port location. Looks like it got rear-ended and the mechanic did a horrible patch job.
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