Mercedes-Benz S 560 e plugin hybrid arrives at RM660K (est)

By JAY WONG | 13 June 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The Mercedes-Benz flagship S-Class model range in Malaysia gets expanded with the inclusion of the S 560 e (W222) plugin hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) that boasts of up to 50km worth of emissions-free range.

With an estimated price of RM658,888 (on-the-road without insurance) and an optional Wallbox at RM7,745 (with cable), the S 560 e can be also be financed at RM6,588 per month via Mercedes-Benz Malaysia's Agility Financing programme.

The S 560 e - replacing the outgoing S 400 h, uses a 362hp/500Nm  3.0 litre (2,996cc) twin-turbo V6 combustion engine to power the rear wheels and combines its efforts with a 121hp/440Nm electric motor.

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With a total system output of 476hp/700Nm of torque, performance is managed by a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox allowing it to sprint from 0 to 100kph in 5.0 seconds and onwards to an electronically-limited top speed of 250kph.

In full-electric mode, this W222 PHEV variant is able to provide up to 50km worth of driving range thanks to a significantly larger 13.5kWh Lithium-ion battery pack (versus 6.3kWh) that can take up to six hours (domestic/home charger) or as little as an hour and 48 minutes (Wallbox charger) to fully charge.

While riding on an air suspension system, the S 560 e rolls on 19-inch wheels with 245/45 series run-flat tyres and has been further outfitted with a panoramic sliding sunroof, multibeam LED headlights with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, Magic Vision Control (automatic wiper with integrated washer system), keyless entry with push-start button and a soft-seal door closure system.

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Inside, the cabin receives Nappa leather for the ventilated seats, door inserts, dashboard, centre console, multi-function steering wheel (with paddle shifters) and arm-rest while being accented by high-gloss brown burr walnut wood trim.

Other standard conveniences include a 410-litre boot (+15 litres) as well as pre-entry climate controls, heated/ventilated seats with massage function and Energising comfort control, ECO Assist, Night Package, Chauffeur package and an Air Balance package.

ECO Assist works continuously to generate coasting simulations where it computes whether the vehicle should ideally be allowed to coast freely with the lowest possible driving resistance when releasing the accelerator, or whether it should be decelerated so that the battery can be efficiently charged (recuperation).

The Chauffeur package offers a host of adjustment and setting options in terms of seating position of the front-passenger seat EASY ADJUST luxury head restraint for the front passenger and footrest that is power-retractable on the front passenger side.

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Also, pre-entry climate control allows for various cabin temperature settings for the air conditioning, heater, heated seats, steering wheel heater, armrest heaters, and optional seat ventilation prior to setting off.

The infotainment system uses a 13-speaker Burmester surround system that has been integrated with COMAND Online, COMAND touchpad controller and providing connectivity options such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity to name a few.

Driving aids include adaptive cruise control (up to 210kph), Active Steering Assist, Active Braking Assist, 360-degree surround view camera, tyre pressure monitoring system.

Also on display was the C 300 e plugin hybrid electric vehicle which was on showcase next to the left-hand drive EQC all-electric sport utility vehicle during the launch.

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