The range of variations of the Mercedes S-Class has a new one – S 580 e 4Matic. It is a plug-in hybrid with four-wheel drive. The company writes about the first such modification in the segment, although there is an obvious rival to the BMW 745Le xDrive. In any case, for Eski this is a new step forward after the rear-wheel drive petrol-electric version of the S 580 e, which was launched on the market last summer.
The all-wheel drive hybrid can be ordered both in a version with a standard wheelbase and with an extended one. The dynamics may differ slightly from this difference, but the nominal charging mileage in both versions is the same. Starting price: from 132 125 euros.
The sedan is driven by an inline-six 3.0 M 256 with 367 horsepower and an electric motor with 110 kW (150 hp). The combined recoil of the system reaches 510 forces. The dynamics are not disclosed, but a similar rear-wheel-drive S hybrid sedan manages to accelerate from 0-100 km / h in 5.2 seconds. We can assume a slight improvement due to the all-wheel drive. For comparison, the 394-horsepower BMW 745Le and 745Le xDrive gain a hundred in 5.3 and 5.1 seconds.
The basic charger fills the battery from a three-phase network with a power of 11 kW, but you can supply a charger for direct current of 60 kW, with which the charging time will be 30 minutes. Since the car runs part of the distance on one electricity, the nominal combined fuel consumption is only 0.7-1.0 l / 100 km.
However, if the dynamics of the S 580 e 4Matic is quite comparable to the “seven”, then in the power reserve without starting the internal combustion engine it wins by one wicket: 108 km (WLTP) in the S-class versus 45-52 km in the 745Le xDrive. The single-drive S 580 e runs 111 km on a charge in the long wheelbase variation and 112 km in the short wheelbase variation. The traction battery of the Mercedes with 28.6 kWh versus 11.15 for the “Bavarian” does not leave the opponent a chance.
Mercedes has some more short news: for more individualization of models, it will be possible to order body colors from a special Manufaktur palette for 4910-5900 euros. And for the first time in all markets, a leather-free interior is offered for the S-Class. The fabric on the seats is touted as a special vegan variation of the finish. The steering wheel, dashboard, console and doors will be finished in Artico imitation leather in this version.
We also advise you to watch a detailed test drive of the Mercedes S-Class from the FineAuto team: