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Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID In Showrooms Soon

Tuesday September 29th, 2009 at 8:99 AM
Posted by: tonyb

S 400 BlueHYBRID

Good news if you’re into green cars and have a lot of money: That Mercedes-Benz S Class BlueHYBRID you ordered is on its way to your dealer’s showroom as we speak. Or if you’re just green and into the full on coveting mode, then that means you can soon swing by the Benz shop and desire.

This is Mercedes’ first production hybrid vehicle and the S 400 runs a mild hybrid system that M-B developed in combination with BMW. While the Bavarians are being performance oriented with their ActiveHybrid 7 Series, the three-pointed star gang is aimed for more efficiency. The Stuttgart boys have gone with a 3.5-liter V6 mated to the hybrid system, and have also used lithium ion batteries. This is the first time lithium ion batteries have been used in an automotive application.


The 120 V Li-Ion battery is about the same size as a conventional lead acid starter battery found in the more prosaic S Class and it sits in the engine compartment. This means that no trunk space is lost to hybrid bits or bobs and luggage capacity is the same as the standard S Class.

Even though this is a top of the line S Class Mercedes (read that as “it’s as heavy as a tank”) the mileage numbers aren’t all that bad. The S 400 BlueHYBRID gets 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway according to the EPA. Which is up from 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway for the V8 powered S550. The price, for those of you that might be interested in getting one, starts at $87,950.

I wonder what, if any, effect this will have on greening the cars we drive. Traditionally, Mercedes has been a leader in developing new technology and bringing it to the market place. But they are way behind the times with hybrids (the Prius is already on its third generation, for example). What this could do is push more rich people to adopt hybrids, and thereby give the whole genre more of a halo.

Source: AutoBlog

2 Responses to Mercedes-Benz S 400 BlueHYBRID In Showrooms Soon

  1. Derek says:

    The S 400 is a “mild” hybrid and fuel economy is not going to be its best selling point. But it does give the luxury crowd an option to ease their green minded conscience by helping reduce CO2 emissions into our cloudy atmosphere. Other hybrid choices in the luxury sedan market are the BMW 7-Series and Lexus GS 450h and HS 250h.

    One detail that was left out of the article was the low CO2 emission output of the S 400. The NEDC combined fuel consumption is a mere 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers. This makes for the world’s lowest CO2 emissions in this vehicle and performance class – just 186 grams per kilometer.

    To give the numbers above some relevance, the 2010 Prius will produce approximately 89 g/km of CO2 and a normally aspirated BMW 7-Series or M-B C-Class will produce 232 g/km of CO2.

  2. francois says:

    19 and 26 mpg city and highway. That really is not a selling point to they hybrid buyer. Maybe when this trickles down to their other cars, this will be commercially successful.





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