Hybrid versions of Mercedes-Benz C-, E- and S-Class models coming within three years

Article by Christian A., on January 25, 2011

To comply with tightening global fuel standards, Daimler AG will offer hybrid versions of its Mercedes-Benz C-, E- and S-class vehicles in Europe and the United States within three years. A Daimler source said the C- and E-class full hybrids will be introduced in Europe before 2013 and the S-class plug-in hybrid will be launched in 2014.

Another source said the U.S. versions will be released six months later. Mercedes does not yet offer a plug-in version of its vehicles in the U.S.

The current S400 is offered as a mild hybrid, and the M class is a full hybrid. A mild hybrid uses the electric motor and acts as a start/stop system, but the electric motor does not drive the vehicle by itself. Head of Daimler’s E-Drive and Future Mobility unit, Herbert Kohler, said the company is moving quickly on hybrid technologies.

He also said Daimler will continue to invest heavily in R&D in 2011, spending half of its $5.6 billion budget on alternative powertrain technology. A full hybrid may be driven short distances using an electric motor.

When you combine a modified V6 petrol engine with a compact hybrid module, you come up with the most cost-effective, luxury saloon in the world with a spark-ignition engine, the Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHYBRID.

Even with NEDC combined fuel consumption, it only consumes 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers of fuel, making for the lowest CO2 emissions worldwide, which is merely 190 grams per kilometer. Besides the exemplary figure, this vehicle guarantees a great performance.

The 3.5 liter petrol engine gives a 205 kW/279 hp output. The electric motor produces 15 kW/20 hp plus a 160 Nm starting torque. This results to a combined 220 kW/299 hp output and a combined 385 Nm maximum torque.

In addition, the Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHYBRID is the first model in the series to have an efficient lithium-ion battery, which has been developed in particular for automotive use. This is one of Mercedes Benz’s major contributions to car electrification.

The creation of Mercedes-Benz S400 BlueHYBRID was influenced by the S350. It has a drive train, which has been modified at length. It also includes a further developed 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine, an extra magneto-electro motor, the essential operating and control electronics, the 7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic transmission particularly configured for the hybrid module, high-voltage lithium-ion battery and the transformer.

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