Mercedes-Benz has announced a new ultra-low emission version of the S-Class that will achieve 94.2mpg, due to arrive in the UK in autumn 2014.
The third hybrid model in the S-Class range, the S500 Plug-in Hybrid will be available with four driving modes;
- Hybrid Mode
- E-Mode: electric power only
- E-Save: fully charged battery is reserved to be able to drive on electric power alone later
- Charge: battery is charged while driving
The S-Class’ CO2 emissions will be an impressive 69g/km and the car will be able to travel up to 18 miles on emission-free battery mode. Charging can take place on the move with regenerative braking or coasting, or while stationary and plugged into the electricity supply.
Coupled with the 80Kw electric battery, the new S500 Plug-in Hybrid uses a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine capable of getting from 0-62 in 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 155mph.
“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, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Product Engineering.
Set to be unveiled publicly for the first time at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the new S-Class joins the S400 Hybrid and the S300 BlueTEC Hybrid in this model series.
Prices and specification details will be announced closer to the time.