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We know that eventually use an identical powertrain to the new C350e due in stores this fall. So then why not look to the C350e for a parallel preview of the new powertrain?

2016 Mercedes-Benz C350e Plug-In Hybrid Review

Just like the all-singing, all-dancing Mercedes-Benz S550 plug-in hybrid, the C350e wants you to be aware of your car’s EV soul so you can use the car more efficiently. When you press down on the accelerator pedal, you’ll feel a measure of resistance when maximum performance from the EV drivetrain is achieved. This tells you that if you press down any farther, the engine will engage. (It works way better than a gauge on the dash.) And when you’re driving in Eco Assist mode, a double impulse from the go pedal tells you that you should ease up and let the engine disengage because the car has calculated that you don’t need engine power to sustain your speed. This feature is useful when the adaptive cruise control is engaged, as the car will automatically decelerate when it senses traffic and activate regenerative braking.
 
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