2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560e Debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show

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For 2018, Mercedes-Benz offers an updated S-Class plug-in hybrid. The S 560e has an all-electric range of about 31 miles and made its debut this week at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The car’s hybrid drive system combines 367 hp from its 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine with an electric output of 121 hp.

That’s a combined total of 488 hp on tap, which should be more than enough power to scoot the sleek sedan from 0-62 mph in only 5 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz’s third-generation hybrid transmission is based on its nine-speed automatic. Its torque converter, clutch, and electric motor (developed jointly with Bosch) reside in the hybrid drive unit under the hood. Plug-in access is located in the rear of the S-Class on the bumper, just below the right taillight.

Mercedes states that although the battery size remains unchanged, the new lithium-ion battery has an increased rated capacity of 13.5 kilowatt-hours. It is supplied by the Daimler subsidiary Deutsche ACCUMOTIVE, which also provides battery packs for Smart EVs.

To help drivers get the most out of their posh plug-in, the S 560e receives Eco Assist as standard. The system notifies the driver via a head-up display when it is optimal to let off on the accelerator, when to coast, or when to tap on the brakes for energy recuperation.

Mercedes-Benz says the S 560e’s onboard 7.2 kW charger allows for fast charging of the battery, but did not provide charging times for the plug-in.

Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we should know more details closer to its estimated delivery date in the late fall or early spring.

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