You would expect big saloons to be gas-guzzlers but that is certainly not the case with the new Mercedes S500 Plug-In Hybrid. The big news is that this big luxury saloon will consume only 3 liters per 100 km. Now all this is because of the 80-kW electric drive with externally rechargeable battery which makes emission-free driving for about 30 km possible.
"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", explains Prof Dr Thomas Weber, responsible on the Daimler Board of Management for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Product Engineering. "In this way the S-Class turns into a genuine three-litre car with generous space and superlative drive-system comfort."
The total power figure comprises of an output of 330 bhp plus the 80-kW electric motor. The torque figure stands at 480 Nm of the combustion engine and about 340 Nm of the electric motor. The top speed of the car is around 250 km/h and it does 0-100 km/h in 5.5 sec which is fast in all respects. On offer are four Hybrid modes which consist of Hybrid, E‑MODE, E-SAVE and CHARGE.
The S500 Plug-In Hybrid will make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and it will be launched in 2014.