New Plug-In Hybrid Option to Join S-Class Lineup in 2019

Mercedes-Benz S-Class


​At the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz unveiled the next-generation S-Class plug-in hybrid. Set to launch in the U.S. in mid-2019, the new S560e is set to achieve up to 25 miles of all-electric driving, a 13-mile increase from the previous plug-in model.

The S560e incorporates a new electric motor, which was jointly designed through a partnership with Bosch. Output from this unit has increased to an impressive 90 kW (121 horsepower) and 325 lb-ft of torque, giving the sedan quite a bit of power during electric driving. Paired with it is a specially designed 9G-TRONIC transmission, which offers “smooth, effortless acceleration” according to the automaker.

The plug-in hybrid also packs a new lithium-ion battery rated at 13.5 kWh, a 4.8 kWh increase over the outgoing battery pack. Despite its increase in output, Mercedes-Benz was able to keep the battery the same size, a noteworthy achievement that further sets the S560e apart from the competition.

The S560e also features a variety of innovative features and tech, including pre-entry climate control and ECO Assist. Pre-entry climate control allows drivers to pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin by setting a trip departure time through the Mercedes me app. ECO Assist, on the other hand, is a driver assistance system that provides pedal prompts to the driver in order to help maximize efficiency.

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