Mercedes have revealed the third hybrid model of the new S-Class, the S 500 Plug-In Hybrid, at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
With CO2 emissions of 69 g/km and returning 94.2 mpg the S-Class sets new benchmarks with regard to efficiency as well as drive-system and climate comfort.
The S 500 Plug-in Hybrid has CO2 emissions of 69g/km and an emission-free range of up to 18 miles, which can be produced via plug-in charge or charged by the engine when driving.
In Germany the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID is referred to as a genuine 3.0-litre car as it can cover 100 kilometres with just three litres of fuel. The 80-kW electric drive with externally rechargeable battery makes emission-free driving for about 18 miles possible. It is combined with the new 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged engine.
The S 400 HYBRID was the first car in the world to feature a standard-specification hybrid drive system with lithium-ion battery in 2009. With the new S-Class Mercedes-Benz expands the hybrid line-up in this model series to three models: the S 400 HYBRID, S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID and S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID. All second-generation hybrid drive systems share the seamless integration into the powertrain. The combustion engine can be completely decoupled from the electric motor. Further features are the second-generation recuperative braking system and the anticipatory Intelligent HYBRID energy management system.
While the batteries of the S 400 HYBRID and S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID as autonomous hybrids are charged during braking or coasting or by the combustion engine, the new high-voltage lithium-ion battery of the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID has ten times the energy content and offers the option of being recharged from an external source with a charging socket located on the right side of the rear bumper. With the help of the electric synchronous motor (80 kW/340 Nm) the S-Class can thus drive for up to around 18 miles on electric power alone.
Key features of the Mercedes S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID:
- Operating range on electric power alone: about 18 miles
- Top speed: 155 mph, 0-62 mph in 5.5 sec.
- Intelligent HYBRID: anticipatory energy management system with optimal use of recuperation during deceleration
- Fast external charging of the high-voltage traction battery
- Pre-entry climate control of the interior
- Intelligent HYBRID: anticipatory energy management system
The Mercedes S 500 plug-in will be available in the UK from September 2014.