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 in 7.2sec — just inside the time it quotes for the But the emphasis here is not on out-and-out

Rather, the S400 BlueHybrid has conceived to provide optimal economy. And on this front, it is impressive.

A claimed combined of 35.8mpg betters that of the by 8.4mpg, relating to an overall of 165miles in range on its 90-litre

Equally impressive is its CO2 rating, at 190g/km betters that of its sibling by 57g/km.

Should I buy

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 plans to the S400 BlueHybrid in right-hand meaning UK sales will be order only.

With the S320CDI diesel returning fuel economy and costing a deal less, it’s will be limited to determined adopters with houses in

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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