New details have been released about the Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid, first confirmed several months ago.

New details are emerging about the Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid.  The car was first revealed this past April when the S-Class facelift was formally unveiled.

The S 400 features for the first time used in a production vehicle a lithium-ion battery powering the 15 kW (20 hp) electric motor, paired with a 205 kW (279 hp) 3.5 V6 petrol engine.  Combined, the system provides up to 385 Nm of torque.  This provides a healthy 7.2 second 0-100 km/h time, and a 250 km/h top speed.  The hybrid powertrain brings fuel consumption down to as low as 7.9 liters per 100 km, or roughly 30 mpg.  CO2 emissions are rated at 186 g per km.

Some of the features on the car include start/stop, a recoverable kinetic energy system, seats lined with wool, and wood trim.  Adaptive highbeams, lane assist, night view assist,  the Splitview monitor, and the new COMAND system should all be available on this vehicle.  Further details are listed in the press release below.

To get a boost in their green credentials, Mercedes brought in independent inspectors TÜV Süd to analyze the automaker's processes.  The analysts awarded the automaker an environmental certificate denoting green production practices from start to finish, including the ability to recycle much of the car on disposal.  Mercedes has also been awarded the certificate in the past for their manufacturing method of the A-, B-, C-, E-, and GLK-Class.

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