Mercedes S550e

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Plug-in Hybrid

EV=20mi
Total=450mi
Range

Seats 5

12ft3 Cargo

L=206.5
W=75
H=59

8.7kWh Battery

The National Motorists Association blog sums up the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550e this way: "Beyond sumptuous. A Taj Mahal that rolls. The 550e is the hybrid version of Mercedes’ S-Class uber sedan. It’s basically the same chariot-of-the-gods as the S550, but instead of a turbocharged V8, there’s an electrically-boosted twin-turbo V6. The reason here isn’t so much saving gas – the overall difference in MPGs is only about 5 MPG – but rather to extend the lease on life for cars like this, which are being targeted for termination in das Heimat (that’s Germany) and other EU countries, where there are already IC engine No-Go zones. Where it is illegal to operate a car that isn’t a “zero emissions” car. Only electric cars – and hybrids that can operate for a while as electric cars – qualify. Hence the 550e."

Confronted with new government standards mandating alternative fuel driving modes, European car manufacturers have begun to create "e" versions of all their models. It's a certainty that it in next 3 to 6 years, Mercedes-Benz will be adding hybrid choices to all their popular lines. The S550e is one of the first.

The luxury sedan accelerates from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. Its all-electric range is around 20 miles and it has an electric-only maximum speed of 68 mph. Its combined gas and electric range is around 450 miles. The 5-seat hybrid comes with a standard self-driving feature and wireless 3G internet access via a wireless hotspot.

The S550e plug-in hybrid features several drive modes, including Hybrid, E-Save, and Charge. Hybrid is the most efficient. Employed with the E+ transmission mode, the car’s radar system begins recuperating battery charge more strongly when approaching another car from behind. The gas pedal gives the driver’s accelerator foot a haptic buzz when it’s prudent to lift. The E-Save mode runs the gas engine just enough to keep the battery at its current state of charge, while the Charge mode fires up the V-6 more extensively to top off the battery.

Car And Driver says of the interior: “The cabin is an oasis of luxury and comfort. A vast array of telemetrics and assistance systems makes sure the driver is safe, pampered and fully informed.” As part of its facelift for 2017, the S550e can be installed with optional Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging – the first commercial application of a WEVC system on a hybrid. The available WEVC will be supplied by a Tier 1 power electronics company that has licensed Qualcomm Halo technology. S550e hybrids equipped with the wireless charging option can park over a special charging pad to begin powering up. Halo uses resonant magnetic induction to transmit energy, a process that’s comparable to conductive charging’s 90-percent efficiency rating, according to Qualcomm.

The base model starts at around $95,325.

Specs

Performance:

  • Engine: 3.0L V6 w/Hybrid Electric Motor Available in ZEV states only.
  • Transmission: 7-Speed Automatic
  • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
  • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls and Oil Cooler
  • Rear-Wheel Drive
  • 2.65 Axle Ratio
  • 100-Amp/Hr 520CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
  • Hybrid Electric Motor 150 Amp Alternator
  • 1576# Maximum Payload
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • 4-Corner Auto-Leveling Suspension
  • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
  • Automatic w/Driver Control Height Adjustable Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Adaptive Suspension
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 21.1 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
  • Multi-Link Front Suspension w/Air Springs
  • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Air Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
  • Lithium Ion Traction Battery

Interior:

  • Heated Power Front Seats w/Memory, Bucket Front Seats w/Leatherette Back Material, Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
  • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows
  • Mobile Hotspot Internet Access
  • Leather/Genuine Wood Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
  • Front And Rear Cigar Lighter(s)
  • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Radio: COMAND System w/AM/FM/GPS Navigation -inc: iPod/MP3 media interface, Burmester surround sound system and SiriusXM satellite radio w/free trial period
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, 6-Disc CD, MP3 Player, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System, Weatherband, DVD-Audio and 10 Gb Music Register Internal Memory
  • Automatic Equalizer
  • Audio Theft Deterrent
  • Wireless Streaming
  • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
  • 590w Regular Amplifier
  • 13 Speakers
  • Turn-By-Turn Navigation Directions
  • Siriusxm Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
  • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
  • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Compass
  • Valet Function
  • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
  • Homelink Garage Door Transmitter
  • Cruise Control
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Residual Heat Recirculation, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning w/Front Infrared
  • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Leather Door Trim Insert
  • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
  • Interior Trim -inc: Genuine Wood/Leather Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Door Panel Insert, Leather/Genuine Wood Console Insert, Aluminum And Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
  • Leather Upholstery
  • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination and Illuminated Rear Visor Mirror
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage, 3 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
  • Front And Rear Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
  • Cargo Net
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors, Steering Wheel, Head Restraints and HVAC
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
  • Tracker System
  • Smart Device Integration
  • Refrigerated/Cooled Box Located In The Console, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Systems Monitor
  • Redundant Digital Speedometer
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Digital/Analog Display
  • Power Anti-Whiplash w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Power w/Tilt Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
  • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • 3 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
  • Air Filtration
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • mbrace2 Emergency S.O.S
  • PRE-SAFE Forward Collision
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag
  • Childseat Sensor and Rear Child Safety Locks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

Exterior:

  • Wheels: 19" Twin 5-Spoke
  • Tires: 19" All Season
  • Aluminum Wheels w/Machined w/Painted Accents Accents
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Express Open/Close Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
  • Fixed Glass 2nd Row Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper, Body-Colored Rear Bumper
  • Chrome Bodyside Insert
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
  • Chrome Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster and Power Blind
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Reservoir
  • Aluminum Panels
  • Chrome Grille
  • Power Open And Close Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Programmable Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Directionally Adaptive Auto High-Beam Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Rear Fog Lamps
  • Cornering Lights
  • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • LED Brakelights
  • Door Auto-Latch
  • Laminated Glass
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