2010 MercedesBenz S400 Hybrid Test Drive Luxury Sedan Delivers…

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Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Test Drive: Luxury Delivers 33 MPG Highway With Batteries

October 1, 2009 AM

Bühlerhöhe, Germany The Mercedes-Benz Hybrid is not only the first vehicle from the three-pointed it’s the first series-production car to make use of lithium-ion batteries. estimated fuel consumption of 23 mpg and 33 mpg highway, it’s claimed to be the efficient gas-powered luxury car on the An equally important statistic is its low CO2 emissions of 186 grams per kilometer.

Of Mercedes is a company that a slew of biturbo V12-powered ships, all carrying gas-guzzler But the company is certainly correct in the new Mercedes S400 Hybrid as a that pursues fuel with singular determination. Winfield

The Specs

The new S400 Hybrid is an extensively modified S350 (a not sold in the U.S.). It utilizes an version of that car’s V6, which features a longer cycle for optimal efficiency. In form, the V6 produces 275 hp and 167 lb-ft of A slim, disc-shaped three-phase AC electric motor (that operates as an alternator and starter fits neatly between the and the specially adapted seven-speed transmission.

When called the electric motor adds 20 hp and 118 of torque to the gas engine’s output to starting acceleration and passing It is energized by an extremely compact battery pack mounted in the right-hand corner of the engine The lithium-ion cells are manufactured by the battery company Saft, and into a 120-volt, series-wired by the supplier-giant Continental.

Even though the S400 a nickel-cobalt-aluminum cathode (NCA) temperature management is crucial. electrolytes are flammable, and earlier cells of the iron-phosphate cathode have been known to like flares.) In the S400, the are mounted into a special encapsulated in gel, housed in a enclosure, and cooled directly the air-conditioning compressor when Built-in voltage and battery circuits carefully regulate the temperature, output voltage, and levels. (The cells are allowed to drop below of full charge.)

As with all S-Class models, the S400 benefits from the midcycle with revised front and fascias, LED taillights and LED arrays for running lights and exhausts are integrated into the rear Additional safety features been added to the S-Class among them adaptive assist, to modulate beam when there are oncoming night-view assist and night-view plus, which has a special locating feature; lane-keeping to prevent lane departure; and a drowsiness monitor.

The Drive

The car’s start-up indicates that there’s different about this The instruments tell you that the car is just like in other and the gas engine starts instantly at the of a motor significantly more than any regular starter. it’s pretty much as usual.

Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid


Despite the added 165 of battery, electric motor and hardware, the S400 Hybrid a lot like a conventional S350. The motor doesn’t produce a sound. So unless you have the Prius-style display showing way the electrons are running, you wouldn’t the car was being helped along.

Since the combined gas/electric adds up to almost 300 hp, acceleration is brisk for the five seconds of assist the electric motor (zero-to-60 mph acceleration is in the 7-second and the S400 cruises at high in much the same way all S-Class do. Only when you slow to stop at an intersection and the gas engine quits are you reminded that is a hybrid dedicated to the avoidance of fuel use.

As in other the electric machine becomes a when you lift off the throttle and the intensity increases when brake pedal pressure is The discs and calipers only once fairly insistent pressure calls for them to do so. A new steering system has been to all S-Class cars, making feel remarkably wieldy in suburban environments. There’s a new torque vectoring system, automatically brakes the inside wheel to optimize turning

In essence, the S400 Hybrid is a in which evidence of hybrid has been carefully concealed the driving experience, while all and gadgetry that remind the of the purity of his and the vehicle’s ecological remain. And if that seems too green, you can switch off the electronic pertaining to the hybrid driveline and all about it.

The Bottom Line

to forget is the car’s base of $90,000. That’s just what people are paying for an these days. True, probably use substantially less in the S400 (rated at 23/33 mpg the S550’s 14/22 mpg), and a lot better about the low CO2 emissions. And if the badges do something to reassure that your green are all in order despite the big car in your so much the better.

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