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Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID L Base

2010 Mercedes-Benz S400

Published October 08, 2009


the Chevrolet Volt gets the and the Toyota Prius most of the Mercedes-Benz has managed to leapfrog the and become the first automaker to put a generation lithium-ion battery into a production hybrid.

New aside, the Mercedes-Benz S400 is the company’s first hybrid of any to make it into showrooms. For the entire S-Class lineup has given a very minor that includes a new grille, clusters with flavor-of-the-day LED lights, and new front and rear The S400 shares in all of those and, aside from a of hybrid badges outside and in, the yacht is indistinguishable from its brethren, unless you look the hood. Even then, tough to tell the difference.

The in the S400 is comprised of a 3.5 liter V6 a 7-speed automatic transmission, and a electric motor mounted them. The hybrid battery is no larger than the 12-volt type used to start S-Class sedans, and fits the same space in the engine bay one of those is normally found.

The hybrid system in the S400 is which means it never in electric-only mode the way the one in the Toyota does. Instead, the 20 horsepower motor assists the internal engine under acceleration, and it to shut off whenever the vehicle to a rest and instantly restart the driver steps on the erstwhile pedal. The design trades fuel efficiency for simplicity and cost, battery not included.

The reason we haven’t seen a with a lithium ion pack is expense, so it’s maybe not a that the first one comes in a car a price tag of $87,950, excluding a green tax credit. Mercedes-Benz is hush on how much of that goes towards the battery, but estimates range from on up. The automaker is likely keeping the under wraps in the hope by the time the government mandated year/100,000-150,000 warranty runs the replacement cost will be to more palatable levels.

Until then, the bottom is that the S400 has an EPA rating of 19 mpg and 26 mpg highway. No, those aren’t numbers, but they are impressive for a battleship, and identical to the ones on the window sticker of Mercedes-Benz’s own sedan, which is about 3/4 the of the S400. Compared to the V8-powered bearer of the S-Class line, the the S400 returns 15% percent combined fuel economy, and 25% miles in city driving.

Away from the EPA labs, I that 30 mpg wasn’t just but often unavoidable. The S400 hit that mark, even at speeds not normally associated efficiency. Over the course of 600 of mixed driving, the car averaged an 25 mpg, and I enjoyed every one of

I’m still not exactly on what constitutes a plutocrat, but I that I feel like one the wheel of an S-Class, even one somwhat green credentials the S400. The car is a rolling isolation that wafts you along in a get out of my way coming through sort of The hybrid may be down on power to the S550, but with 295 hp and 284 lb-ft of it’s still about as as a Mazda Miata. If that’s not enough for you, fuel is probably not a priority of yours

While it’s not quite as as a little roadster, the S400 is composed, even on roads of the two-lane sort. The air suspension the sedan flat through and flattens out any bumps in the road they manage to disturb

Most impressive is how unobtrusive the system goes about its The engine starts and stops hardly a shudder, and there’s no or funkiness in the power delivery at The regenerative brakes, often the Heel of hybrid systems, so normal that you’d notice a difference if you weren’t for it very hard.

The cabin of the S-Class sees even modifications than the exterior. New lighting and a Napa leather-covered wheel pretty much out the changes. Navigation, lane warning, and massaging seats active bolsters that you during paparazzi-evading maneuvers are the usual luxury options

Of course, the 900-pound gorilla would fit nicely in the gargantuan seat of the S400 is diesel, and why didn’t put an engine that it into the S-Class instead of the and costly hybrid setup. it a hedge. Despite the widening use of the German imports these — Mercedes-Benz currently has vehicles with diesel in its own lineup — and pump on par with gasoline, the U.S. hasn’t gotten over the hump the way people in the old countries The good news is, we’re not out on much. European market diesels get 30.5 mpg in fuel testing over there, the S400 is rated at 29 mpg on the same

Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID L Base

Although it’s unlikely the S400 will overtake the Prius as the best-selling hybrid in there’s no reason that it be the best-selling S-Class. The price it the most-affordable model in the lineup, and for who buy them to sit in the back seat that gorilla while driven from one board to another, performance hardly In any case, the touch of green comes with it, both in and image, should make up for any inadequacies.

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Mercedes-Benz S400

Base Price: $87,950

Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-door

Powerplant: 3.5L V6 w/electric

Power (net): 295 hp, 284 lb-ft

Transmission: 7-speed automatic

Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID L Base
Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID L Base

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