Mercedes-Benz Unveils New S-Class Plug-in Hybrid
Mercedes-Benz had a busy Frankfurt Auto Show, showing the global X-Class Pickup, fuel-cell GLC, and Project One and EQA concepts, plus updated versions of the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet and AMG versions of both models. Mercedes announced another change to the S-Class line with the unveiling of the new 2019 S560e plug-in hybrid sedan.
The S560e uses a 362-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6 engine and a 90-kilowatt electric motor, plus an on-board fast-charge 7.2-kilowatt charger. The car can go an estimated 25 miles on battery power alone, and the gas engine ensures there's no range anxiety, plus you can take this hybrid on long trips.
Replacing the S550e, the S560e uses the company's third-generation hybrid transmission, which is now based on the 9G-TRONIC Plus automatic. (The current S550e uses a 7-speed automatic.) Even though the battery is the same size as it was before, the new lithium-ion battery has increased capacity. In addition, the power electronics are now in the engine compartment, a move that helps increase trunk space.
The S560e's ECO Assist feature helps the owner drive more economically. ECO Assist uses gliding and recuperation, plus the route you take and speed limits, to help make the best use of the battery and engine. There's also a pre-entry climate control system, which uses the electrically powered refrigerant compressor and electric heating elements to get the interior air temperature where you want it, as well as setting up the heated/cooled seats, heated steering wheel and armrests before you get in the car.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in mid-2019. Pricing, more specifications and U.S. range will be announced closer to the on-sale date.