Mercedes S560e Plug-in Hybrid Steers You Away From Diesels


The frugal S-Class can travel in pure electric mode for up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) NEDC.

An entirely different kind of a hybrid compared to the Project One hypercar, the Mercedes S560e comes to replace the old S 500 e (S 550 e in US) version of the pre-facelift S-Class and aims to deliver amazing fuel economy for a car of this size. Without further ado, the partially electrified fullsize sedan will sip just 2.1 liters / 100 km in the combined cycle with corresponding CO2 emissions of 49 g/km.

Flippin’ Mercedes and their rear/lower bumper charge ports…

Not only that, but it will cover up to 31 miles (50 kilometers) running in zero-emissions mode thanks to a new 13.5-kWh lithium-ion battery that has the same physical size as before, but now benefits from an increased capacity.

We should of course note that the 31 mile/50 km number is offering in optimistic NEDC measurements, given the outgoing S plug-in had a 8.7 kWh battery rated for about 12 miles/19 km on the more realistic US/EPA system, we figure one can pencil in about 20-22 miles (32-35 km) of real world driving for the updated car today.

Mercedes-Benz S560e

The fact that emphasis was put on efficiency doesn’t mean the latest member of the S-Class family is down on power or performance. On the contrary, its 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine delivers 367 horsepower (270 kilowatts) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque whereas the electric motor is good for 121 hp (90 kW) and 325 lb-ft (440 Nm). Thanks to this hybrid punch, the new S560e needs only five seconds to reach 62 mph (100 kph) and will do 155 mph (250 kph).

By moving the power electronics into the engine compartment, Mercedes’ engineers were able to free up more space inside the trunk and it now has a total capacity of 410 liters or 15 liters more than it did on the previous S 500 e model. As standard, the luxury sedan benefits from pre-entry climate control if the driver sets a departure time. It will pre-heat the air, steering wheel, and the armrests in the center console and doors, while cooling will also turn on the ventilation function of the seats.

Mercedes-Benz S560e

The thrifty S-Class Sedan is being shown in Frankfurt alongside the facelifted Coupe and Cabriolet models, now equipped with OLED taillights and other updates inherited form the sedan revealed earlier this year.

Below: Mercedes S 560 e gallery

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7 Comments on "Mercedes S560e Plug-in Hybrid Steers You Away From Diesels"

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Andrew S

So faster, double the range, AND more trunk space? Sweet!


What is about headlines that demands something clever, which usually turns out corny?
I consider myself a great sinner in this aspect of reportage.

Whisks, you away. (Wait that’s Calgon).


Someone is finally making a PHEV that can somewhat compete with the Volt? Amazing. Though it remains to be seen if they’ve done as well as GM on battery cooling and charge management.

Too bad it’s out of my price range entirely.


The 2.1 liters/100km are a big legal fraud.
It’s a totally unrealistic calculation.
In reality the car consumes about 8 liters/100km (as show in a German TV-documentation).
German car makers keep taking customers for fools by selling them their ICEs as whitewashed PHEVs.

mr. M

2.1 Liter/100km are entirely normal. If you drive around 20km to work and Charge each night.

the liter/100km numbers are based on a mixed usage of electricity and fuel. Which is what you should do when driving a PHEV. The only problem is that they still are required by law to use the unrealistic NECD cycle within all their media spots, advertisements and press releases.

Of course the new driving cycle introduced will get more realistic numbers like EPA.

Andrey Radovski

Props to Daimler for actually showing a new production electrified vehicle in Frankfurt, unlike the rest of German (and some Japanese) manufacturers with nothing but fake concepts and talk of 2025. Sure it may have just 20 mile AER but it’s an improvement on the outgoing model in every way – trunk space, power, range.

Mike Lenox

“Props to Daimler for actually showing a new production electrified vehicle in Frankfurt”

Is that what we’re calling it now ? When a legacy manufacturer can’t mange to get their act together to produce a real electric car and gives us a half-baked hybrid tacked onto their legacy ICE products ?

“Electrified” ?