CATS Motors, the exclusive distributor of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the Philippines, has officially launched the Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid.
"We've brought the S 400 Hybrid over not because we wanted to be the first in the region. We brought it over because it falls in line with CATS Motor's goal to offer every Mercedes-Benz model available to the local market," CATS Motors vice president Bob Shaw said in an interview.
The Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid is another pioneering step as the German brand is not only the first European manufacturer to offer a hybrid passenger car. It is also the first manufacturer to offer a series production hybrid vehicle using state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries made specifically for automotive use.
The S 400 Hybrid is packed with all the features of the S 350 along with some extras that make the new Merc unique. While the S 400 uses the S 350's 3.5-liter V6 engine, the mill has been substantially tweaked with a new cylinder head, different pistons and a modified camshaft to bump the power up to 279 horsepower with 350 Newton-meters of torque while reducing fuel consumption.
The magic behind the S 400 Hybrid, however, lies with its electric motor and the lithium-ion battery.
The Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid's compact, disc-shaped electric motor has a peak output of 20 horsepower with a starting torque of up to 160 Newton-meters.
The motor is located between the engine and the 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission been adapted to suit the hybrid drive, and acts as both a starter and generator which improves the S 400 Hybrid's fuel efficiency even further.
Combined, the Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid's petrol engine and the electric motor produce 299 horsepower with a maximum torque of 385 Newton-meters.
The S 400 Hybrid costs P10.2 million and is available on a per-order basis. Delivery takes three months.
"We, at CATS, are looking forward to bringing in more eco-friendly vehicles in the RP market. We find delight in giving our discerning customers a lot of world-class options to suit their needs and personal preferences. And we find even more delight in being one with Mercedes-Benz in its commitment to the environment and to emission-free mobility," CATS Motors president Felix Ang said.
The Mercedes-Benz S 400 is the second hybrid vehicle to arrive in the Philippines, next only to the Toyota Prius. For more Mercedes-Benz S 400 photos, click here.