Mercedes-Benz Offering Plug-in Hybrid Variant of New S-Class

Mercedes-Benz said it will offer a plug-in hybrid variant of the new S-Class launched globally yesterday at Auto Shanghai.

The German automaker said the sedan’s PHEV will have an electric-only range under European test procedures of about 50 kilometers (31 miles). That will come through a new battery with 13.3 kWh capacity. It will also have faster battery charging through integration with the new Mercedes-Benz Wallbox, an onboard 7.2 kW charger.

The PHEV will join a group of powertrain options for S-Class including in-line six cylinder diesel and gasoline engines, plus a V8 biturbo gasoline engine. The all-new S-Class will launch in European markets during July.

Efficiency will be enhanced in the six-cylinder gasoline engine version through a 48-volt power supply. The micro-hybrid system provides extra power for an electric boost compressor and an Integrated Starter Alternator for gaining better power delivery without turbo lag.

It can power high-energy consuming devices like the water pump and air-conditioning compressor, but also the efficient Integrated Starter Alternator that supplies energy to the battery through highly efficient energy recovery.

The V8 biturbo gasoline engine was developed by AMG for Mercedes-Benz for increased power and environmental compatibility. It’s able to produce over 350 kW (476 hp) with a maximum torque of around 700 Nm from 2,000 rpm. The new engine consumes over 10 percent less fuel than its predecessor.

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A few automated features are being added through Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive. DISTRONIC Active Proximity Assist and Active Steer Assist will offer safer distance for the driver and better steering. The car’s speed will be automatically adjusted to get through curves and junctions.

An enhanced camera and radar systems offers the new S-Class a better view of surroundings, and it will be the first time the technology will tap and into mapping and navigation data to calculate driver behavior. DISTRONIC Active Proximity Assist can use that data to safely assist the driver and conveniently adjust vehile speed.

Daimler’s ambitious goal of hitting the 25 percent mark of global sales from electric vehicles by 2025 focuses on battery electric vehicles. The new EQ electric brand, managed by Mercedes-Benz will part of it, and through Mercedes-Benz “AMG” cars. More plug-in hybrid versions of existing models is likely to continue.


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