Frugal Flagship MercedesBenz S400 Hybrid Wears a Pricey Halo…

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Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

Frugal Flagship: Mercedes-Benz Hybrid Wears a Pricey of Technology

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the known ’round the world as the of success. So the new S-Class Hybrid may be the of responsible consumption.

The S400 today’s test car, is the expensive of seven S-Class Its pricing starts at $93,255, below the S350 BlueTec at $93,905 and on to the 621-horsepower, twin-turbocharged S65 at $212,905. And most go home another $10,000 or more in

The S400 will have for its finesse and efficiency, but it does not the power statement so prevalent in the models. Fuel economy are 19 mpg city, 25 highway and 21 combined. It was easy for me to average 18.6 mpg town, which climbed to 20 more highway in the mix. 20 mpg, I pushed the average to but it took 100 miles of straight driving with the cruise set at 65.

That mileage compares to the EPA expectations of 21 mpg city, 31 highway and 25 And just for fun, the S65 is rated

The S400 uses a so-called hybrid system versus a hybrid, such as a Toyota

A lithium-ion battery works a 20-horsepower electric motor and a V6 gasoline engine for a total of 295 and 284 foot-pounds of torque. The motor the engine but does not provide driving range.

The intent is to sophisticated electrification for reduced and to save some fuel a power penalty.

The system has the of hybrid helpers, including a function that turns off the engine below 9 mph when to a stop.

During braking, the electric acts as a generator, recovering energy that is stored in the The stockpiled juice is then at stops to power the cabin or the electric motor is running. A pictogram in the speedometer shows the flow, energy recovery and charge.

The compact lithium-ion is small enough to be placed in the bay, not in the trunk.

At 4,630 the S400 weighs 110 pounds than the S550 V-8 and is the lightest of the models, including the S350 It’s also the slowest to 60 which takes 7.2 seconds. two-tenths slower than the And as a comparator, the V-12 S65 takes 4.2 seconds.

There is a richness to the but the powertrain lacks that consistency for which Mercedes-Benz is known.

The steering weight and response are and lovely. The ride quality is almost floaty, but switching to mode fortifies the pudding. is restrained in Eco mode, which is the peak fuel economy is

But the force in standard mode is Braking takes a firm but is absolute when you press the regen resistance.

The S400 may be a halo for the company, but at $108,000 as the S400 is a half step in for seriously green buyers.

Mercedes-Benz S400

Body large, 5-passenger, rear-wheel-drive with aluminum front doors and hood; composite lid

Drive system: mild with lithium-ion battery and electric motor; recuperative

Engine: aluminum, 3.5-liter V-6; 275-horsepower at 6,000 258 foot-pounds. torque at 3,000 to rpm

Total system output: at 6,000 rpm and 284 lb.-ft. torque at to 5,000 rpm

Transmission: 7-speed

0-60 mph: 7.2 seconds

fuel mileage: 19/25 mpg premium recommended

Fuel 23.8 gallons

Wheelbase/length: inches

Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

Front head/leg/shoulder 37.8*/41.9/59.1 inches w/sunroof

head/leg/shoulder room: 38.5/42.3/58.7

Curb weight: 4,630

Trunk capacity: 16.4 feet

Turning circle: 40

Standard equipment includes: interior with wood and wood/leather steering wheel, power heated and ventilated seats with memory, LOGIC7 audio system satellite radio and 8-inch screen with COMAND and navigation system with multiple media inputs, rear window sunshade, automatic climate control, Bi-Xenon headlights with high-beam assist and cornering power trunk closer, air with adaptive damping, alloy wheels and all-season

Safety equipment includes: 6 air NeckPro active head electronic stability and traction brake assist, ABS

Base $93,255, including $905 charge; $108,000 as tested

on test car: burl trim $325; power window blinds $750; sunroof $1,090; heated wheel $450; Splitview screen $710; Sport $5,900, includes 19-inch wheels with all-season and sport bumpers and side Rear seat package, power adjusted rear four-zone climate control, and vented rear seats; seat entertainment, $2,450, two sets of wireless headphones and controls.

Warranty: 5-years/50,000-miles to bumper with 24-hour assistance,

Where assembled: Sindelfingen,

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