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Mercedes-Benz set to debut two hybrid sedans at Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz will debut two hybrid E-Class sedans at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the E 400 Hybrid and the E 300 Bluetec Hybrid, according to several automotive sites, most notably Autoweek.com.

The E 400, which is expected to be available in the United States later in 2012 as a 2013 model, will feature a single electric motor between a 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a modified version of the company's standard seven-speed automatic transmission.

The company's first diesel-electric vehicle, the E 300 Bluetec Hybrid, was previewed as long ago as the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010. It features a 201-hp, 2.1-liter turbodiesel engine that produces 369 pound-feet of torque and is fitted to the same 20-kw electric motor and modified seven-speed automatic as the gasoline hybrid E 400.

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The new Mercedes-Benz diesel hybrid is rated at  0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 150 mph.

Both new E-Class hybrid models use a 0.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack located in the trunk.

The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), more commonly called the Detroit Auto Show, will be held Jan. 9-22 at Cobo Arena.

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