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.

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Mercedes-Benz Diesel-Electric SUV Hybrid To Market Late 2009

Monday January 26th, 2009 at 8:11 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Mercedes-Benz ML320The good news is that Mercedes-Benz is going to bring a diesel/electric hybrid out later this year. The bad news is that it will be in their M-Class SUV.

Mercedes-Benz is bringing a hybrid version of its S-Class sedan, the S400 BlueHYBRID, to market first, that’s true, but the FIRST hybrid Mercedes wanted released was their SUV. A hybrid version of the automaker’s M-Class SUV was supposed to make production last June, but a supplier glitch delayed that plan.

The M-Class hybrid will share the same hybrid drive system found in the S400 BlueHYBRID, only it will be diesel-powered, using the same 3.2L clean turbo-diesel found under the hood of the ML320 BlueTEC.

The M-Class hybrid will crank out a combined 340 horsepower, which is very comparable in power to the V8-powered ML550. Thanks to the electric motors fuel economy should be improved by about 30 percent. The ML320 BlueTEC already achieves 18/24 mpg city/highway, so the new model should be even better, particularly in city driving.

The hybrid M-Class is expected to hit showrooms sometime during the fourth quarter of this year.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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