The car is the third hybrid in the new Mercedes S-class lineup
Powered by a 329bhp 3.0-litre V6, the S-class also has an 80kW electric motor
The cabin is as premium as you'd expect from a model in this class
The car also benefits from a second-generation regenerative braking system
The S500's batteries are reported to have ten times the storage capacity of previous hybrid models
Previously revealed hybrid models in the range include the S400 hybrid and the S300 BlueTEC
The S500 also has Mercedes' anticipatory energy management system
Drivers can select from four different driving modes
Mercedes plans increased efficiency from the new model
The car is powered by a new turbocharged V6 engine
The combustion engine puts out 354 lb/ft of torque
The electric motor outputs 251lb/ft of torque
The S500 has a limited top speed of 155mph
The S500's batteries can carry a vast amount of storage
The engine can be shut off when the car is coasting
Mercedes' pre-sensing system uses navigation data to plan driving characteristics
The car is powered by a new 329bhp 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged engine combined with an 80kW electric motor. The combustion engine puts out 354lb ft of torque, while the electric motor is capable of producing up to 251lb ft. The car has a limited top speed of 155mph.
Mercedes says that the S500 is capable of driving up to 18.6 miles on electric power alone. Running in full hybrid mode allows the S500 to achieve CO2 emissions of 69g/km, and return 94.2mpg.
Other features on the new car include a second-generation regenerative braking system, which also allows the engine to be switched off when the car is coasting, with the excess energy from the wheels being used to charge the lithium-ion batteries. The S500's batteries are reported to have ten times the storage capacity of previously announced Mercedes hybrid models, including the S400 and S300 BlueTEC.
Mercedes has also fitted the S500 hybrid with its anticipatory energy management system, which prepares the car according to the next eight kilometres of road using data from the on-board navigation software. The goal, says Mercedes, is for increased efficiency - where for example the electric motor could be used to power the car along a downhill stretch of road.
Drivers can select from four hybrid driving modes in the new car, seperated into normal hybrid, electric power only, electric power save and charge modes.
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