MercedesBenz S400 BlueHybrid Review | Autocar

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Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHybrid

is it?

This is the Mercedes S400 the company’s first production Mercedes has developed the drivetrain in a joint venture with which plans to use it to underpin the conceived 7-Series ActiveHybrid.

little distinguishes the Mercedes BlueHYBRID from the car it’s on, the three-year old S350.

There are no tweaks or changes in ride only subtle BlueHybrid serve to give the game

What’s it like?

The S400 a lightly reworked version of existing 3.5-litre V6 petrol with a new cylinder head, pistons and a reprofiled crank, it does without the direct that Merc uses in applications.

Output increases by 7bhp over the S350 at with torque remaining the at 258lb ft.

The clever bit is the disc-shaped AC electric motor mounted the front of the gearbox housing, and additional thrust when output swelling to 299bhp and ft, with drive channelled to the wheels via the standard seven-speed gearbox.

The new system does not support electric propulsion like offered by the Lexus LS600h; the of the electric motor are used to boost those of the petrol

This is also the first hybrid to use next-generation lithium ion technology. It weighs just and provides more efficient and discharge than the nickel-metal batteries used by other

It’s also compact to fit in the position normally used by the standard battery at the base of the where it’s cooled by a process linked to the car’s system.

The S400 BlueHybrid doesn’t any particular change in driving In fact, it feels a good like the S350, only a more powerful under in lower gears.

On the open in taller gears, the added is not immediately evident, owing in to the added 75kg brought on by the system.

Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

Mercedes-Benz claims 0-62mph in — just 0.1sec the time it quotes for the S350. But the here is not on out-and-out performance.

the S400 BlueHybrid has been to provide optimal fuel And on this front, it is rather

A claimed combined average of betters that of the S350 by relating to an overall gain of in range on its 90-litre tank.

impressive is its CO2 rating, which at betters that of its pure-petrol by 57g/km.

Should I buy one?

Pricing details have yet to be so that’s a difficult question to But, on first impressions, is a thoroughly well-engineered car that the hybrid game along by margin.

Unfortunately Mercedes has no to build the S400 BlueHybrid in drive, meaning UK sales be special order only.


the existing S320CDI diesel better fuel economy and a good deal less, appeal will be limited to early adopters with in Europe.

Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID
Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID
Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID
Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID
Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID

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