Looking for a vehicle that features the extreme luxury found in the S-Class and an ultramodern hybrid drive configuration? Then you could be looking for the new Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid, which also offer a distinct climate comfort thanks to its standard pre-entry climate control. It is powered by a three-liter V6 biturbo complemented by an intelligent hybrid drive.
This means the Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid provides a system output of 436 hp and 479 lb-ft torque and is capable of accelerating from zero to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds. It can up to 20 miles on pure electric. It features a new high-voltage 8.7 kWh lithium-ion battery that can be recharged via the charging socket in the right side of the rear bumper.
Despite the performances, the S550 Plug-in Hybrid has a fuel consumption of just 2.8 l/100 km or 84 US mpg.
This S-Class model boasts of environmental certificates that provide evidence to its environmental performance across its entire lifecycle. It is certified with a life cycle of over 300,000 km (186,000 miles) and recycling -- making it more capable than the S550. It is likewise certified of being able to cut carbon emissions by around 43 percent (35 tons), thanks to external charging with the European electricity mix.
When renewably generated hydroelectricity is used, the Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid could cut emissions by 56 percent (46 tons). The vehicle’s plug-in-hybrid system is based on the Mercedes-Benz parallel hybrid modular system while its hybrid transmission is derived from the seven-speed automatic transmission.
It features a clutch integrated between combustion engine and electric motor that decouples the V6 during purely electric operation. When the vehicle is using combustion engine, it could move off drawing just like a wet start-up clutch.
The Mercedes S550 Plug-In Hybrid is provided with an extensive level of standard equipment, including the world’s first extended pre-entry climate control. This system is controlled by target value, which means, the cabin’s warmth or coolness is determined by pre-setting the temperature of the air-con unit on a certain departure time through S-Class Vehicle Homepage.
This is made possible by the electrically driven refrigerant compressor and electric heating elements. Amazingly, pre-heating isn't just for the cabin air, but also applies to the seats, door armrests and center console as well as steering wheel. Likewise, during cooling, the system activates the seat ventilation if the required optional extra is fitted on the S-Class.
Equipped as standard for the S550 Plug-In Hybrid are dual-zone Automatic climate control, LED High Performance headlamps and LED rear lights as well as ambient lighting (in seven colors), touchpad Memory package for driver and front passenger. Also standard are the air suspension AIRMATIC with continuously variable damping system, leather upholstery and COMAND Online. The S-Class is also loaded with Attention Assist, Collision Prevention Assist Plus (collision warning including Adaptive Brake Assist), Crosswind Assist, Pre-Safe and Pre-Safe impulse.
S550 Plug-In Hybrid marks the S-Class’ the first hybrid model in the United States, with series production of this technology commenced in 2009. Considered as one of the leaders in pure electric mobility, Mercedes intends to focus on plug-in hybrids in the next years.
Essentially a combination of internal combustion engine and electric drive, a hybrid drive offers increased levels of performance while lowering fuel consumption. This is because whenever the situation renders engine-only reliance unfavorable – like during part-load operation when little power is needed -- the electric drive could replace or support its combustion counterpart.
This hybrid drive could best lower its energy consumption by maximizing energy recovery during coasting and braking. Once the driver takes off his or her foot from the brake pedal, it is the electric motor – not the disc brakes – that would initially apply deceleration forces. The hybrid versions of the new S-Class are the first Mercedes models to employ the second-generation recuperative braking system that ensures an imperceptible overlapping of the mechanical brakes and the braking capability of the electric motor in generator mode.