2016 Mercedes C-Class Adds Diesel, Plug-in Hybrid Models

The Mercedes C-Class lineup is growing for the 2016 model year, adding more powertrain options for buyers to choose from.

Entering a new generation for the 2015 model year, Mercedes only offered the C-Class in two variants: C300 4MATIC and C400 4MATIC. For 2016, the C400 will be replaced by the sportier C450 AMG 4MATIC, while those looking for fuel efficiency can opt for either the C300d diesel or the C350e plug-in hybrid. Staying in the lineup will be the base model C300 with a starting price of $39,875 including destination. The base model C300 is now available with rear-wheel drive as standard with 4MATIC all-wheel drive costing $2,000 additional. The C300 will continue to be powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 241 hp.

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Details on the C300d and C350e plug-in hybrid models haven’t been announced, but the diesel sedan will likely be powered by a 2.1-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel with 201 hp. The C300d will come with 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard. The plug-in hybrid model will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired to an electric motor for a peak output of 275 hp. Being offered in ZEV states only, the C350e will be rear-wheel drive with no 4MATIC option.

Then there’s the C450 AMG Sport 4MATIC with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 sporting 362 hp. Mercedes has revealed that the C450 AMG Sport will start from $51,725.

Of course, there’s the range-topping C63 models delivering 469 hp or 503 hp depending on trim from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. The C63 AMG will be priced from $65,625 while the more powerful C63 S AMG will run $73,525.

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