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Mercedes’ new 100+mpg S500 Plug-In Hybrid to start from £87,965 when it arrives in showrooms from November

Meet the latest addition to Mercedes’ S-Class family, the S500 Plug-In Hybrid, which will cost from £87,965 when it arrives in UK showrooms this November.

Powered by a 329bhp 3.0-litre biturbo V6 engine and a 116hp electric motor, the hybrid offers a combined output of 442hp and 650Nm of torque. That’s enough to see off 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds, before topping out at an electronically-limited 155mph. And yet, alongside typically impressive S-Class performance, the S500 Plug-In Hybrid can also return 100.9mpg while emitting just 65g/km of CO2, making it exempt from car tax and the London Congestion Charge.

Based on the long wheelbase S500 in AMG Line trim, the S500 Hybrid’s standard kit includes 19-inch AMG alloys, Mercedes’ LED intelligent light system and COMAND Online, plus AMG body kit for the front and rear bumpers, leather upholstery and noise insulating glass.

The third hybrid model in the S-Class line-up – joining the S300 BlueTEC Hybrid and S400 Hybrid variants – the S500 Plug-In Hybrid is unique as its 8.7kWh lithium-ion batteries can be topped up using external chargers. According to Mercedes, this takes around two hours when using a typical public three-phase power point, with a full charge offering a 20-mile electric-only range.

Aside from these powertrain changes, the Stuttgart-based manufacturer has worked to limit energy losses, tuning its COMAND tech to read the road ahead and maximise energy recuperation, such as when travelling downhill. The S500 Plug-In Hybrid will also store as much power as possible ahead of entering urban areas, allowing for prolonged full-electric driving.

Efficiency aids are active as well as passive in the S-Class, though. If desired, a pulse will transmit through the accelerator when it’s suitable to ease off the accelerator and allow sailing mode to initiate.

On the comfort front, just like the rest of the range Mercedes will offer the S500 Plug-In Hybrid with an imitation hot stone massage function for the front and rear seats, as well as heating and ventilation, and seatbelt-mounted airbags. Magic Body Control – which uses camera to read the road ahead and so adjust the suspension – and the Air Balance perfume diffuser system are available, too.

There’s also an app for tablets or smartphones that allows owners to pre-heat or pre-cool the car before they get in. This Connect Me system can also relay information to the driver detailing the level of current charge, the predicted range and when the next service is due.

Via: autoexpress.co.uk