Mercedes-Benz Will Add New Plug-in Hybrid Powertrain To More Models
Mercedes-Benz has recently revealed its plan to improve its plug-in hybrid range. The company introduces a new brand name for PHEVs – EQ Power.
The EQ Power designation will appear alongside the company’s new EQ line in the brand’s showrooms.
Mercedes’s previous plug-in hybrid systems have offered a little electric range. The current C350e’s electric range is just 9 miles (14,5 km) according to the EPA.
A new third-generation plug-in hybrid system will be set on the Mercedes-Benz S560e (flagship S-Class luxury sedan). It provides 25 miles (40 km) of electric driving range from a 13.5-kWh battery (was 6.2-kWh before). A 7.4-kW in-car charger serves for recharging the vehicle in 1.5 hours.
The powertrain includes one 120-hp electric motor integrated with a new nine-speed AT, as well as a 3.0-liter gas six-cylinder engine. A four-cylinder gas or diesel engine will be offered instead of V6 for smaller cars.
The top speed is 250 km/h (155 mph). The total output is 476 hp. Fuel consumption rates are not still unveiled.
The new hybrid system will interact with navigation. Powertrain workout visualizes on the S-Class’s head-up display. There will be four modes: default Hybrid, E-Mode, E-Save and Charge.
The S560e model goes on sale in Europe this month. In summer 2019 it’ll be available in the USA. The C- and E-Class will also receive the new system.