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Mercedes charging ahead with luxurious new S580 e L plug-in hybrid


MERCEDES's new S580 e L plug-in hybrid is available now with first deliveries expected by the end of the year.

The S580 e L is available in long-wheelbase only, with a choice of trims; base spec AMG Line Premium, with an on-the-road price from £104,490, AMG Line Premium Plus from £109,385 and the range-topping AMG Line Premium Plus Executive from £113,880.

The newest S-Class features a 3.0-litre straight-six engine, capable of producing 367 hp, combined with a 28.6 kWh battery. The battery produces 150 hp and allows the S 580 e L to travel for up to 63 miles on electric alone. The S580 e L can deliver up to 353.1 mpg and emits just 18 g/km of CO2.

The lithium-ion battery can be charged using a DC rapid charger in 20 minutes (10 to 80 per cent) and under four hours using a 7.4 kW home wallbox.

A 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission is standard across the S-Class range.

The new S-Class features the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) with a 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen central display, a 12.3-inch digital driver display, plus an MBUX tablet (Executive line only) which can be used as a fully-fledged tablet outside of the vehicle, including the ability to download Android apps.

The driver display is also optionally available with 3D technology, including facial recognition which can monitor driver drowsiness and exterior mirror settings, while the 'Hey Mercedes' virtual assistant can now recognise instructions or requests from any seat in the car. Mercedes-Benz's Driving Assistance Package is now standard equipment on all S-Class models.

Standard equipment on the AMG Line Premium includes: 20-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels; Burmester 3D Surround sound system with sound personalisation; panoramic sliding sunroof; 12.3-inch 3D driver display; remote parking package including 360-degree camera and active ambient lighting; electrically adjustable rear seats with memory package; luxury head restraints and climatised rear outer seats.

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