Stuttgart, 22. September 2008 – in the topic of hybrid cars, german manufacturers had to fit a long time. Well, because some toyota prius already 600.000 kilometers and more have unwound, mercedes introduces his first form-ready model in the S 400 bluehybrid. But the customers must be patient until the coming summer, until they get this "mildhybrid" can put in the garage. We already had the opportunity to try the car.
No purely electric driving
The S-class differs from the S-class, apart from a side-mounted plaque and the hybrid lettering on the stern, not from its conventionally powered sisters. Our test vehicle still carries the well-known design dress, but when the hybrid-mercedes will come to the market for the next year, he has modified the facelift, which was expecting the facelift in 2009,. As in the inside of the word hybrid at the center console, no difference can be seen inside. There are the usual steering column lever to operate the seven-speed automatic, the known instruments and switches. When the end is switched on, however, a battery symbol in the main instrument becomes visible. We turn the end of the end and horns – a normal engine noise. Unlike the toyota prius or the lexus LS 600H, the hybrid S-class is instructed on the sprit burner to build up. Loose slide silently as japanese full hybrid competition is not in it. The S 400 bluehybrid is a so-called mildhybrid whose hybrid module leaves much smaller and correspondingly less powerful than in a full-hybrid and no purely electric driving allowed.