Mercedes S 560 e hybrid saloon

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“The S 560 e makes a fantastic ‘inexperienced’ limousine and is an effective alternative for S-Class patrons who spend a lot of the their time driving on the town”

There have been each plug-in and non-plug-in hybrid variations of the Mercedes S-Class beforehand, however due to enhancements in battery expertise, the S 560 e is the primary hybrid S-Class able to travelling a distance of any significance on electrical energy alone.

The automotive is powered by a three.Zero-litre V6 petrol engine and an electrical motor related to a 13.5kWh battery. Together, the hybrid setup gives a really respectable 469bhp and is able to powering the automotive utterly electrically for round 30 miles.

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Whereas straight-line velocity is great for such a big automotive (Zero-62mph takes 5 seconds), official financial system figures of 113mpg and 57g/km CO2 emissions additionally make the S 560 e way more palatable by way of operating prices and company-car tax than many different S-Class variants.

Aside from the powertrain, the S 560 e is like another S-Class, offering an attractive inside, comfy journey and splendid quantities of passenger house. The S 560 e is somewhat totally different to drive due to the way in which the electrical motor delivers its energy, however you rapidly get used to it.

It’s a disgrace the automotive solely has a 7.2kW built-in charger relatively than a quick DC model, which might permit a full cost in lower than the 90 minutes Mercedes quotes for the present one, as a result of it makes it harder to make use of the automotive in pure electrical mode extra of the time. And people who need an S-Class primarily for lengthy motorway journeys will probably be higher served by one of many diesel fashions.

Nonetheless, in case your S-Class will see most of its motion in shorter journeys round city, the S 560 e ought to be very interesting. It’ll be vastly cheaper to run when used this fashion, and provide the added bonus of nearly silent operating – one thing that’ll be significantly appreciated by these commonly chauffeured round behind one.


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