2010 MercedesBenz S400 Hybrid First Drive on Inside Line

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Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Road Test Video

09/17/2008 — by Andreas Contributor

It might look an ordinary S-Class, but make no because the 2010 Mercedes-Benz BlueHybrid represents a major in the development of the hybrid luxury

This prototype is Mercedes-Benz’s answer to the Lexus LS 600h L a hybrid that delivers a 299 horsepower along with fuel consumption just shy of 30 It also heralds some of the advanced battery technology applied to a series production

Don’t hold your waiting for it, though. With yet to complete development, North sales aren’t planned to get way until September 2009.

As in Frankfurt

You’ll have heard about the 2010 S400 BlueHybrid from year’s Frankfurt Motor where it was hailed as the forerunner of a range of new hybrid models prepared by Mercedes-Benz. In fact, the drivetrain and battery pack been developed along a basis, meaning they can be altered to suit individual

Mercedes-Benz acknowledges it’s catch-up in the hybrid ranks, and leader Oliver Vollrath us, The S400 BlueHybrid is not the definitive to the world’s long-term sustainable requirements. But it does represent a big into the future, particularly in the of battery technology. At the moment is no car that matches its level of

You will recognize the basics the existing Mercedes-Benz S350. the more familiar hybrid from Lexus, however, the BlueHybrid does not possess an to run exclusively on electric power. its electric motor is used as a to permit stop-start operation of the V8 for improved fuel economy in driving, then adds a of power if required at cruising

A Little Bit of Science

The naturally 24-valve 3,498cc V6 gasoline sitting up front has received a of revisions, but it oddly does direct injection. A new cylinder revised pistons and modified improve fuel economy and raise this V6’s output to 279 hp, some 7 hp more before. The engine is also at 258 pound-feet of torque.

These are nothing to write home since the direct-injection 3.5-liter V6 in the CLS350 available in Europe 12 hp and 11 lb-ft more. But the addition of an motor, neatly packaged at the of the gearbox, helps provide thrust in a car that tips the at 4,310 pounds.

With a potential of 20 hp and an ability to up 118 lb-ft of torque the moment you hit the the circular three-phase AC unit the S400 BlueHybrid with a output of 299 hp and 284 lb-ft of torque, all of is transferred to the rear wheels via seven-speed automatic gearbox and a ratio of 3.07:1.


Mercedes-Benz has dug deep into its budget to deliver a powerful yet battery pack for the S400 It features newly designed lithium-ion cells and an associated system.

The Mercedes-Benz battery has been engineered specifically for the placed upon it by everyday with a new nickel/cobalt/aluminum chemical that is claimed to provide efficiency and energy density over the nickel-metal hydride that are used in just every existing hybrid on the today. Mercedes-Benz claims the new cells used in the S400 provide a much faster process, additional range and an increase in electrical efficiency.

advantage is the compactness of the battery Instead of sacrificing trunk like many rivals, has managed to mount its new lithium-ion pack (which consists of separate cells in a high-strength casing) underneath the hood. located at the base of the windscreen in the usually taken up by the standard lead-acid unit, which it

Mercedes-Benz has developed an electronically cooling process integrated the air-conditioning system that the S400 BlueHybrid’s battery operating at an optimal temperature of 59 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit. Altogether, the and cooling system uses 25 patents. Vollrath claims the will be good for up to 600,000 or a life of over 10 years.


As you’d expect a mild hybrid, the V6 gasoline switches off when you touch the and roll to a standstill at speeds 10 mph, and then automatically again the moment you depress the Still, if the S-Class had its hybrid deleted, you might just you were driving a standard with a particularly lively

When we drove a prototype of the new sedan around the hills of not far from Mercedes-Benz’s headquarters in there were only hints to its advanced drivetrain. The thing about the S400 is its seamless power delivery. might be two different power at work, but the way they come to provide one long, linear of hushed acceleration, with a distant hint of V6 growl if really got your right planted, is deeply impressive.

Acceleration is brisk, but this is no car. Put that down to weight brought upon by the motor, lithium-ion battery and associated hardware, all of which add 165 to the car. Mercedes-Benz claims the BlueHybrid accelerates to 100 km/h (62 in 7.2 seconds, just 0.1 second than the S350.

Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

Where it begins to makes sense, is at the gas station. With combined consumption on the European cycle of mpg, the S400 BlueHybrid the S350 by 7 mpg enough to provide a boost in cruising range its large 23.8-gallon tank to 708

Mercedes Does Hybrid

The S400’s stop-start system is to respond and doesn’t impede at traffic lights. Steering and also remain functioning, as been modified to run exclusively on The regenerative brakes don’t win any for feel, though, as the transition regen mode to mechanical still feels unnatural.

For all its theatrics, it is on the open road the S400 BlueHybrid feels at home. This is an S-Class, all. And since the battery and electric motor represent a weight increase, there’s no change in this car’s capabilities. The multilink suspension air springs delivers a comfortable although it doesn’t lower its height automatically at speed the Lexus LS 600h L. There’s very little tire from these low-rolling-resistance Continental Contact tires.

Inside, there’s little to the S400 BlueHybrid. An altered display keeps tabs on the of electricity in and out of the lithium-ion battery and there is a small hybrid on the center console. Otherwise, it is as usual: acres of space, seating comfort, a near driving position and the famed refinement.

Reinventing the Mild

For all the buzz created by the 2009 S400 BlueHybrid prototype, is simply Mercedes’ reinvention of the hybrid. Perhaps because have so little experience hybrid technology, they’re at technology we take for granted in the Malibu Hybrid .

It’s interesting that this electric powertrain is portrayed as a boost to overall power it’s clear that its on acceleration is minimal. At the same the S400 BlueHybrid does a useful improvement in fuel and it suggests that mild might be the quickest, most technology to improve fuel in conventional vehicles.

The good news is that the BlueHybrid is just as good as an in most respects. We’ll see kind of reception it gets it’s introduced in the U.S. in 2009.

Edmunds attended a event, to which selected of the press were invited, to this report.

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