Along with creature comforts fit for a Croesus, the brand-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class also will feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers close to 19 miles of all-electric driving range and quick-charging capability expected to enable “fill-ups” in less than an hour. It’s a notable next step for a company that launched the first production hybrid to rely on lithium-ion battery technology: the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Hybrid.
"With the S500 Plug-in Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz sets another milestone on the road to emission-free mobility on the basis of our modular hybrid matrix," said Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, who sits on the Daimler Board of Management and oversees both Group Research and Mercedes-Benz cars Product Engineering. "In this way the S-Class turns into a genuine 3.0-liter car with generous space and superlative drive-system comfort."
That “3.0-liter car” business refers to the new vehicle’s turbocharged V6 engine that offers that amount of displacement as well as outputs of 329 hp and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. The gasoline-powered engine is then assisted by a 6.1-kW lithium-ion battery pack and a robust electric motor that contributes 107 hp and 251 lb.-ft. of torque to the plug-in hybrid version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. As a result, in addition to its previously mentioned EV range, the new car is expected to boast a top speed of 155 mph and the ability to run from 0-60 in just 5.4 seconds.
It’s still too early for EPA ratings or pricing info, however, as the plug-in powertrain actually won’t be available in the United States until late next year, when it will debut in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid.
We do have a sneak peek at some of the new technologies that will distinguish the greener model from currently available 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class ….