It could also end up being the first imported car to take advantage of the tax breaks on eco-friendly cars coming into effect this April. Prices have not yet been set, but the hybrid S-Class will very likely sell for around 12-13 million yen. [US$129,000-139,000].
Daimler AG will begin sales of the hybrid in Europe during the first half of 2009.
The S400 BlueHYBRID combines a modified 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine that delivers 205 kW (279 hp) of power with a 120V, 15 kW electric motor and a starting torque of 160 Nm (118 lb-ft) of torque. The combined system delivers power of 220 kW (299 hp) and a combined maximum torque of 385 Nm (284 lb-ft), with fuel consumption of 7.9 L/100km (30 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 190 g/km. The S 400 hybrid is one of seven hybrid models Daimler announced in September 2007 that will be rolled out over the next few years.