The spy team over at Car Magazine
have caught both the regular and AMG versions of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class being tested in the US.
The updated S-Class will receive a new front grille, modified front bumper, LED tail-lamps and a newly styled rear bumper. Noticed, is the quad exhausts pipes and an increase in chrome finishing’s for that premium touch. The current styling is simplified for the new-generation model which prompts a naturally flowing design.
The engine range as a whole should get subtle modifications to at least improve emission levels whilst the new S400 Hybrid will use a 275bhp V6 in combination with a three-phase induction motor, which will increase the power output to 295bhp and provide 277lb.ft of torque. These figures will allow the S400 to hit 62mph in 7.3sec and reach a top speed of 155mph. We expect to see regenerative brakes, a battery management system, along with an impressive engine which delivers 35.8mpg and produces a mere 190g/km of CO2.
Mercedes will also be releasing a new S300 Bluetec Hybrid from its green arsenal. The latest-generation 2.1L twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel, with the help of an electric motor, will provide performance figures of 221bhp and 413lb ft of torque. With a 0-62mph time of 8.4sec and a maximum speed of 150mph, a spectacular 52.3mpg can be achieved with only 142g/km of CO2. Nitrous oxide emissions are also minimised by approximately 80% with the help of the new AdBlue liquid in the Bluetec system.
The S400 Hybrid is expected in mid-2009 with the S400 Hybrid Bluetec making an appearance the following year.