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Mercedes-Benz confirms diesel hybrid C-Class Estate

The C300 BlueTEC Hybrid shares its drivetrain with the hybrid E-Class and S-Class, and the former is available in saloon and estate bodystyles both of which lose no load or cabin volume as a result.

It combines the carmaker’s 204hp 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with a 27hp electric motor, located between the engine and transmission, and offers the same features as the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid saloon. This includes the ability to coast on electricity under low loads with the engine decoupled to save fuel.

New to the C-Class Estate is a 40:20:40 split rear bench, in line with main competitor the BMW 3 Series Touring, which can be folded electrically via a switch. Options include a powered tailgate which opens when the driver waves their foot under the rear bumper while carrying the key.

Hybrid versions lose none of the 1,510-litre maximum load capacity, or 490-litres with the rear seatbacks upright, also offered in the conventionally-powered models.

Mercedes-Benz has yet to reveal whether the plug-in hybrid drivetrain due to join the saloon model range later this year will also be available in the estate.

Pricing and full specifications for the C300 BlueTEC Hybrid Estate will be unveiled closer to its September 2014 launch date.

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