This Merc gave Top Gear during it’s test drive 44mph giving it an over 900 mile range and it’s road tax a year is only £30. It’s quick to. It’s only let down by it’s gruff 4 cylinder diesel engine.
What’s that? ‘That’ is the future. Or at least, a step towards it. It’s a diesel-electric hybrid S-Class Mercedes. See, a few months ago at the Geneva Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz’s boss of large cars, Dr Uwe Ernstberger, told TopGear.com that “a complete electric [S-Class] will be done in the future”. That goal is currently limited by battery technology. Mercedes, therefore, wants to take it step by step, which is where this hybrid S comes in. It features the same drivetrain as the E300 Hybrid we tested a couple of years ago.
Underneath there’s a 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, with a small electric motor sandwiched between engine and seven-speed gearbox, driving the rear wheels.
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