First Look 2010 MercedesBenz S400 Hybrid

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Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

First Look: 2010 S400 Hybrid

2010 S400 Hybrid

• What is The first-ever hybrid version of the big sedan

• The basics: All the S-Class much better gas mileage

• On This fall

This GreenCarReports.com will be one of the first outlets in the States to test the new Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid. offer our impressions, and the gas mileage we next week. Meanwhile, we to preview the car for you.

2010 Mercedes-Benz S400

Experiments beyond diesel

among others, is experimenting various hybrid technologies, full hybrids that some degree of all-electric to simpler mild hybrids switch the engine on and off when and add some degree of electric

The first product of those is the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 launched last fall in which goes on sale in the this fall.

Hybrid help, but no electric

It adds a 15-kW electric between the 275-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 and Mercedes-Benz’s standard 7-speed transmission.


The electric motor contributes under heavy engine restarts the engine, and even a small amount of initial to move the car away from to 2 or 3 miles per hour. The S400 cannot run solely on electric however.

The EPA rates the S400 Hybrid’s gas at 19 miles per gallon city / 24 mpg That compares to 14 mpg city / 21 mpg for the S500, the next model in the lineup.

World’s first battery pack

It’s the that gives the S400 its it’s the first production car to use lithium-ion cells in its battery, hold roughly twice as energy in the same weight as the packs used in other hybrids like the 2010 Insight.

The pack itself, using built in France by JCI-Saft, 0.7 kilowatt-hours of energy, or about the as the 2010 Insight’s.

Mercedes-Benz was to fit the entire pack into the space (at the right-hand base of the that used to hold the lead-acid 12-Volt starter The designers didn’t have to a single change to the body

To keep the battery temperature 25 degrees C, however, the engineers had to the S-Class air-conditioning coolant right through the pack.

Invisible hybrid

Absent the lettering that says on the trunk, you’d never this full-size S-Class is a hybrid. The performance won’t it away either; the 0-to-62-mph of 7.2 seconds is similar to non-hybrid V6 sold in Europe. (In the States, all S-Class models come with V8 engines, the smallest of is 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V8 in the $91,600

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