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Enormous cabin space and excellent ride quality make the latest Mercedes-Benz S400L Hybrid one of the leading cars in its class.

08 Jan 2014

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It's seldom the case where carmakers are able to find a sweet spot that's speedy, stylish and stingy in their hybrid vehicles.

However, German carmaker Mercedes-Benz may have found the answer to our problems. Competing against the Lexus LS600h Hybrid and the BMW ActiveHybrid 7, the new S-Class Hybrid that we have here is one of the best examples of a snazzy luxury car the brand can produce.

Headlamps are easily the most stunning features on its sheet metal


 
Served as the flagship model for Mercedes for over fifty years in its various incarnations, the S-Class has debuted many of the company's latest innovations, including drivetrain technologies, comfort upgrades as well as safety systems.

And for the latest S-Class, it's no different.

Exterior

While the previous generation comes across as slightly bloated, thanks to swelled fenders and over-sculpted detailing, the current S-Class (codenamed W222) appears to be more dignified and athletic. Thus, it's more balanced and hunkered in a way its predecessor never accomplished before.

But the S-Class is more that just your improved looks. Technological advancement and the nature of relentless progression from the design team have brought the S-Class to a new realm of possibility. The headlamps, for starters, have over 110 LEDs while the taillights consist of some 70 LEDs (excluding rear fog lamps).

While it's common to hear carmakers boast about their cars being the first in the world to achieve something, in this case the S-Class doing without a single light bulb in the car, it's another thing when the carmaker can actually achieve it.

Fitted with size 19 shoes, the S-Class doesn't look out of place and appears dynamic from all angles


 
Other than the bolder design, the dimensions of the car have been altered. At 5,246mm x 1,899mm x 1,496mm (L x W x H), the S-Class has grown in all directions. While this may affect driveability in a way or two, the wider front and rear tracks (24mm and 31mm wider than its predecessor) help to place the car on the tarmac with more confidence.

It's clear that Mercedes-Benz took the threat in the flagship segment seriously, considering the S-Class has been designed in such a way that will force brands like BMW, Audi, Jaguar and Bentley back to their drawing boards.

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Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

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V6 Turbocharged

Engine Cap

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3498cc

Horsepower

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245kW (329 bhp)

Torque

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370 Nm

Transmission

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7G-Tronic Plus (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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-

Top Speed

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250km/h

Fuel consumption

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15.2 km/L

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