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Gasoline and Diesel mild hybrid concepts.

At the Frankfurt IAA, DaimlerChrysler is introducing gasoline and diesel Mercedes mild-hybrid concept cars based on the S-Class.

The “Direct Hybrid” is a V6 gasoline hybrid that uses spray-guided direct injection (GDI) to optimize efficiency of the engine (related post). The “Bluetec Hybrid” uses a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system to meet future diesel emissions requirements. Both use the same mild hybrid transmission—not the full two-mode GM/DaimlerChrysler hybrid powertrain under development.

In a wall-guided system, the stream of fuel hits the piston floor, forming a cloud of fuel and air that moves toward the spark plug (top). In spray-guided gasoline direct injection, a hollow cone of fuel forms at the injection nozzle. This cloud of fuel and air remains stable up until the precise moment when it needs to ignite (bottom).

The Direct Hybrid uses DaimlerChrylser’s second-generation spray-guided gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology in a 3.5-liter, 4-valve V6 with fully variable valve timing.

For the spray-guided combustion process, the engineers developed a special piezo injection valve and a fuel system with a high pressure of 200 bar. A special injection nozzle that opens to the outside and is activated at ultra-high speeds by a piezo crystal ensures the stability of the injection spray—one of the critical aspects of the process.

The key is in the control of the fuel spray and the extremely rapid timing of the piezo nozzle, which allow the formation of a fuel-air mixture with the ideal flammability. The thermodynamic efficiency improves markedly and enables low fuel consumption with better engine performance.

With the spray-guided direct injection process, the Direct Hybrid 3.5-liter V6 generates an output of 215 kW (292 hp) at 6,000 rpm. Its maximum torque of 365 Nm is already accessible at 2,400 rpm and remains available over a broad range of engine speeds up to 5,000 rpm.

The exhaust treatment for this layered direct injection process takes place in the double-stream exhaust system. A NOxtrap system for reducing the nitrogen oxides is also used, in addition to the two bulkhead catalytic converters and controlled recirculation of exhaust gas in each branch. The results meet both current EU 4 exhaust emissions standards and the forthcoming EURO 5 limit.

A 6-kW electric motor is installed between the engine and the 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission’s converter. Depending on the driving situation, it functions as a starter or a generator, and provides a tractive boost on startup—up to 250 Nm—at other points during operation.

The combination of motor and engine boosts the maximum available torque to 395 Nm and makes the vehicle’s starting characteristics powerful.

The mild Direct Hybrid consumes 8.3 liters of gasoline per 100 km (34 mpg US). Compared with its predecessor model, the S 350 V6 (W 220), the power has been increased by 19% and the consumption cut by 25%.

Regenerative braking recharges the lithium-ion storage system. Mercedes-Benz is also investigating supercapacitors. (The new BMW X3 hybrid concept uses supercapacitors as its energy storage system. (Earlier post.)

The Bluetec diesel hybrid uses the same electric motor and energy management systems, but combined with a 3.0-liter V6 diesel, a variant of the 320 CDI, that delivers 173 kW (235 hp) of output and a maximum torque of 540 Nm that is already available at between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm.

Combined power for the diesel hybrid is 179 kW (243 hp) and combined torque is 575 Nm. Fuel consumption is 7.7 l/100km (36.7 mpg US)—a fuel savings of 20% for comparable power and torque.

The Bluetec SCR system requires a separate urea (AdBlue) tank to hold the exhaust additive. This reacts with the nitrogen oxides in the catalytic converter to form ammonia (NH3) as an intermediate product which then is converted into the water and nitrogen.

The hybrid uses a 22-liter tank built into the spare-wheel well of the S Class. Average AdBlue consumption is around 0.1 liter per 100 kilometers. Should the supply run out before the next service, a signal in the instrument cluster warns the driver to visit a service station in plenty of time. This tank is therefore sufficient for the driving distance between two service intervals and the service personnel simply fill the tank up automatically when the car goes in for its next service.

New DaimlerChrysler Hybrid Concepts
S350 Direct HybridS320 Bluetec Hybrid
Engine V6 gasoline, spray-guided direct injection V6 CDI diesel engine with common-rail-direct injection
Displacement 3,498 cc 2,987 cc
Output of engine 215 kW (292 hp) 173 kW (235 hp)/td>
Output of electric motor 8 kW (8.2 hp) 6 kW (8.2 hp)
Combined hybrid powertrain output 221 kW (300 hp) 179 kW (243 hp)
Engine torque 350 Nm @ 2,400–5,000 rpm 540 Nm @ 1,600–2,400 rpm
Motor torque 250 NM upon ignition/
50 Nm @ 1,000 rpm
250 NM upon ignition/
50 Nm @ 1,000 rpm
Combined torque 395 Nm 575 Nm
Energy storage Lithium-ion Lithium Ion
Combined torque 395 Nm 575 Nm
Energy storage Lithium-ion Lithium-Ion
Regeneration 8 kW max 8 kW max
Exhaust gas treatment Computer-controlled 3-way catalytic converters, DeNOx catalytic converter Oxidation catalytic converter, DPF, Bluetec (SCR system)
Fuel consumption 8.3 l/100km 7.7 l/100km
Fuel economy 34 mpg US 37 mpg US
Change in consumption to comparable conventional model -25% -20%
0–100 km/h 7.5 sec 7.2 sec
Ignition time < 0.3 sec.\ < 0.3 sec
Top speed (limited) 250 km/h (155 mph) 250 km/h (155 mph)

DaimlerChrysler also emphasized its ongoing development work on the two-mode hybrid powertrain with GM (and now BMW), reiterating that it would concentrate developing applications of this powertrain for luxury-class cars with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive.

The company also stressed, however, the potential for natural gas, Gas-to-Liquid synthetic fuels, and Biomass-to-Liquid fuels as part of a portfolio of solutions.



Jim Henderson


I purchased a New Chrysler Town & Country Limited built in March of 2004, on May 24, 2005. I have about 1800 miles on the van now.

My concern is the price of gas. I would like to know if you are going to retro fit this V6 3.8 with anyting that will help me buy pure Ethanol or Hydrogen. I am retired and did anticipate this change in gas prices. Please advise what you are planning now.


Jim Hendrson


Jim, there’s a very slight chance that you may already have a flex-fuel (E85) capable vehicle that can run on either gasoline or any ethanol blend up to 85%.

To determine whether or not that is the case, check the EIGHTH character in your VIN code. If it is a G or a 3 on a Town and Country, you've got a flex fuel van.

Complete instructions on reading and interpreting VIN codes are available here.


Who is the maker / manufacture of these bluetec dual hybrid electric/diesel engines?

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