Mercedes-Benz is extending the model range of the new S-Class with the particularly economical European market S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID (earlier post), the second S-Class hybrid after the S 400 HYBRID. This model can be ordered now, and will be in European dealer showrooms in March 2014.
The S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID features fuel consumption of 4.4 liters of diesel per 100 km in the combined cycle (CO2: 115 g/km), equivalent to 53.5 mpg US. As perspective, over the course of ten years, Mercedes-Benz has cut fuel consumption in the 150 kW performance class by almost half.
In the S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, Mercedes-Benz has combined the 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine developing 150 kW (204 hp) with a hybrid module. Its 20 kW electric motor is positioned between the internal combustion engine and the automatic transmission. It assists the diesel engine when the car is accelerating (boost effect) and, in alternator mode, is used for the recuperation of braking energy, although driving under electric power alone is also possible.
The S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID is available with either a short or long wheelbase, and is priced at €80,920 and €86,453.50 (US$109,000 and $117,000)—recommended retail price including 19% VAT for Germany.