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Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

2008 Paris Auto 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400

NO! Not a full hybrid like LS 600h L

NO! Diesel S-Class as thrifty, less complicated

NO! powerful than Lexus and BMW

2008 Paris Auto 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400

It remains to be seen whether the will respond to Mercedes’ that the S400 BlueHybrid is the most economical luxury car it arrives in 2009 (perhaps in America). Termed a mild the 3.5-liter V-6 and electric motor powered by a lithium ion battery — combine for 299 horsepower, stop-start technology and brake contribute to the economical drivetrain. says the S400 will the 0 to 60 in 7.3 seconds, but a light foot be required to achieve the European 30 mpg. Mercedes boss Zetsche said the S400 was the beginning of a massive campaign to get which will include an BlueTec diesel hybrid in the future.

Why it Matters

Once upon a time, it was a bet that luxury car buyers give a damn about the or gas prices, so the cars were huge and guzzled gas without of consequences. Today, however, the Republican presidential nominee global climate change is caused and now everything has to be green. Or, in the of Mercedes, blue, as in BlueHybrid. is the name Mercedes has given its hybrid technology, and it promises to a fuel economy boost to who want to drive green, but want a diesel.

What’s Under the Skin

the outside, the Mercedes S400 looks like every S-Class on the road, with the of the exceptionally long BlueHybrid on the trunk. It’s what’s the hood that counts

The gasoline-burning half of this hybrid is Mercedes’ 3.5-liter Boasting variable valve and a few other tweaks, output is to 279 hp with a reduction in fuel This combines with a electric motor that an impressive 118 lb.-ft. of torque off the promising sprightly acceleration a standstill and improving fuel as well. The engine also standard tricks like a function when the car rolls to a However, the electric motor is not to move the car independently.

Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

What We Think

The idea of efficient luxury cars to be pie-in-the-sky, even with diesel versions available in However, with the S400 Mercedes takes a step in the hybrid direction, arguably with a car that will the drivability Mercedes customers but with (theoretically) better efficiency than the Lexus LS L hybrid. Price will be the determining factor, but if Benz it reasonable – well, reasonable by car standards – this could be a

By Keith Buglewicz and Greg

Photo credit: Greg


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