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Mercedes-Benz fully reveals 2014 S500 Plug-In Hybrid before Frankfurt debut

Mercedes-Benz dropped the full details surrounding its third generation hybrid variant to the S-Class flagship, which is kindly referred to as the S500 Plug-In Hybrid. The model was revealed on their global page just ahead of its debut at this year’s auto show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Claiming to set a new benchmark for efficiency and technology, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid is powered by a 3.0L V6 mated to an 80-kW electric drive and external batteries. The result is an all-electric drive capable of up to 30km or around 18.6 miles and a total power output of 436hp and 605 lb-ft of torque with a 0-62 time of just 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

For full details, check out the press release after the jump.

New S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID: The S-Class as a “three litres per 100 kilometres” car
Stuttgart/Frankfurt
Aug 20, 2013
The third hybrid model of the new S-Class, the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID, sets new benchmarks with regard to efficiency as well as drive-system and climate comfort. With 69 g CO2 per kilometre (3 litres/100 km) the S-Class sets a new benchmark for luxury saloons that just a few years ago was thought virtually impossible. The 80-kW electric drive with externally rechargeable battery makes emission-free driving for about 30 km possible. It is combined with the new 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged engine. Mercedes-Benz will present the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The market launch will be next year.
The S 400 HYBRID was the first in the world to feature a standard-specification hybrid drive system with lithium-ion battery in 2009. With the new S-Class Mercedes-Benz expands the hybrid line-up in this model series to three models: the S 400 HYBRID, S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID and S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID. All second-generation hybrid drive systems share the seamless integration into the powertrain. The combustion engine can be completely decoupled from the electric motor. Further features are the second-generation recuperative braking system and the anticipatory Intelligent HYBRID energy management system.
“With the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID Mercedes-Benz sets another milestone on the road to emission-free mobility on the basis of our modular hybrid matrix”, explains Prof Dr Thomas Weber, responsible on the Daimler Board of for Group Research and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Product Engineering. “In this way the S-Class turns into a genuine three-litre car with generous space and superlative drive-system comfort.”
While the batteries of the S 400 HYBRID and S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID as autonomous hybrids are charged during braking or coasting or by the combustion engine, the new high-voltage lithium-ion battery of the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID has ten times the energy content and offers the option of being recharged from an external source with a charging socket located on the right side of the rear bumper. With the help of the electric synchronous motor (80 kW/340 Nm) the S-Class can thus drive for up to around 30 kilometres on electric power alone.
Four hybrid operating modes can be selected at the push of a button:

HYBRID
E-MODE: electric power only
E-SAVE: fully charged battery is reserved to be able to drive on electric power alone later
CHARGE: battery is charged while driving

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