Monday, September 14, 2009

Mercedes S300 Bluetec Hybrid Car

The new Mercedes S300 Bluetec hybrid car delivers a 44 MPG fuel rating

Mercedes-Benz S300 Bluetec Hybrid by Jörg Dickmann.

The Mercedes S300 Bluetec Hybrid model is a perfect mix of the Bluetec diesel engine and hybrid technology. Can you ask for anything more than a luxury and environmentally friendly vehicle? The previous Mercedes-Benz hybrid, ML450, was built with a petrol-hybrid system. However, the new Mercedes Hybrid has the potential to meet most stringent emission standards such as EU6 or the BIN5 standard for 50 US states. This vehicle is capable of driving 149 miles an hour, with fuel efficiency of 44 miles per gallon.

This Mercedes Hybrid has a unique combination of Bluetec and hybrid technology that has given rise to the world's most efficient, most environment-compatible premium, passenger car. The modular technology concept from Mercedes-Benz includes optimized combustion engines and customized hybrid solutions. This vehicle delivers an effortless performance while consuming just 5.4 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, which is equivalent to just 142 grams of CO2 per kilometer 57 grams or around 30 percent less than the current consumption and emissions benchmark in the S Class segment.

The 2.2-liter diesel engine will drive the wheels most of the time. Turbo-charged puts out 204 horsepower and about 350 pound-feet of torque. About an additional 115 pound-feet are available for acceleration from the electric motor, which also serves as a starter and generator. This enables a stop-start function in which the engine shuts off when the car is stopped and restarts when the accelerator is depressed.

Of course the safety features for this luxury, environmentally friendly vehicle, are impressive. The electronic stability control (ESC), improves the safety of a vehicle's stability by detecting and minimizing skids. When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help "steer" the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to individual wheels, such as the outer front wheel to counter over-steer, or the inner rear wheel to counter under-steer.

The 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), helps to prevent the wheels from locking up while braking. The traction control is designed to prevent loss of traction of the driven road wheels. When excessive acceleration is applied by the driver, and the condition of the road surface (due to varying factors) is unable to cope with the torque applied. The auto-dimming rearview mirrors are designed to allow the driver to see rearward through the vehicle's backlight.

One of my favorite safety features is the child seat lower anchorage system which ensures that your little passengers are safely seated in your vehicle. These lower anchorage bars make it easier to install infant and child seats in the rear seat of a vehicle. A top tether strap must be used on all forward-facing child seats, whether the child seat is secured by a seat belt or by the new lower universal anchorages.

What luxury vehicle would be complete without advanced airbag features? Of course this one is no different. It is equipped with side and head airbags in the front. It also has dynamic head restraints and rear head restraints.

Mercedes S300 Hybrid

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