Mercedes-Benz S 560 e: The S-Class of hybrids

The S-Class has once again shown the way: The first model in which all the components of the current, third plug-in hybrid generation had their debut was the S 560 e (weighted fuel consumption: 2.6-2.5 l/100 km, weighted CO2 emissions: 59-57 g/km, weighted power consumption: 20.3-20.0 kWh/100 km)[1]. The modified components and the intelligent powertrain management's new anticipatory functions give the customer enhanced electric performance and, last but not least, added convenience thanks to faster charging times. The efficiency of the 9G-TRONIC plug-in hybrid transmission and a lithium-ion battery in the luxury saloon are good for an all-electric range of around 50 kilometres. The hybrid drive system in the S 560 e combines the 270 kW (367 hp) of the V6 petrol engine with 90 kW of EQ Power to deliver a maximum system output of up to 350 kW.

For decades the S-Class has embodied the quintessential Mercedes-Benz car like no other model series. With innovative driving assistance and safety systems, the S-Class is also a pioneer on the road towards autonomous driving. Its highlights include:

  • Perfect feel-good atmosphere
  • Available with long wheelbase
  • Luxurious workplace in the rear
  • Superior ride comfort thanks to innovative suspension systems
  • Exemplary safety
  • Environmentally friendly performance thanks to fuel efficiency and outstanding aerodynamics

Furthermore, it is part of the DNA of an S-Class to present technological innovations that no automobile has ever featured in that form. Mercedes-Benz's first hybrid generation made its debut in the S-Class S 400 Hybrid in 2009, with a 15 kW electric motor directly on the combustion engine without a separating clutch. This meant that the electric motor could recover energy during braking and boost acceleration, but it could not power the car by itself. In the second generation, the electric motor was at the transmission input and could run independently of the combustion engine (petrol or diesel). The first plug-in hybrid system from Mercedes-Benz came out in 2014 in the shape of the S 500 Plug-In Hybrid.

The hybrid drive system in the S 560 e combines the 270 kW (367 hp) of the V6 petrol engine with an electric output of 90 kW. But above all, depending on the level of equipment, it has an all-electric range of around 50 kilometres thanks to a lithium-ion battery with a considerably higher energy capacity. For the first time in the
S-Class, the highly efficient battery system comes from the wholly-owned Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE. The DC/DC converter previously housed separately in the luggage compartment is now installed in the power electronics housing. Despite an increase of around 50 percent in its energy content, the dimensions of the new battery are smaller than those of its predecessor.

[1] The stated figures are the measured "NEDC CO2 figures" in accordance with Article 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures. The range and the electrical consumption have been determined on the basis of Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. A different value is applied in accordance with EmoG. A higher value may apply as the basis for calculating the motor vehicle tax.

The data at a glance

 

S 560 e

Number of cylinders/arrangement

6/V

Displacement (cc)

2996

Spark-ignition engine rated output (kW/hp at rpm)

270/367 at 5500-6000

Spark-ignition engine rated torque (Nm at rpm)

500 at 1800-4500

Electric motor rated output (kW)

90

Electric motor rated torque (Nm)

440

System output (kW/hp)

350/476

System torque (Nm)

700

Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)

5.0

Top speed (km/h)[2]

250

Top speed, electric (km/h)

over 130

Fuel consumption, weighted (l/100 km)[3]

2.6-2.5

CO2 emissions, weighted (g/km)3

59-57

Total battery capacity (kWh)

13.5

Weighted power consumption (kWh/100 km)3

20.3-20.0

NEDC electric range (km)

48- 50

WLTP electric range (km)[4]

40-43

Price (long-wheelbase Saloon) from (euros)[5]

118,137.25

[2] Electronically governed 
[3] The stated figures are the measured "NEDC CO2 figures" in accordance with Art. 2 No. 1 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1153. The fuel consumption figures were calculated based on these figures. The range and the electrical consumption have been determined on the basis of Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. A different value is applied in accordance with EmoG. A higher figure may apply as the basis for calculating the motor vehicle tax. 
[4] AER combined. All-electric range: All-electric range with fully charged battery until the combustion engine starts for the first time.
[5] Recommended retail prices for Germany including 19% VAT.

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