The W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is on the market in Malaysia in a sole S580e plug-in hybrid variant. The model’s flagship mannequin and successor to the very fashionable W222 S-Class is priced at RM708,888. That’s some huge cash for one thing on 4 wheels, however Hafriz Shah reckons that the S580e is an absolute cut price.
That’s proper, a cut price – there’s technique to that “mad” assertion, as you’ll discover out on this video evaluate. Smallish 19-inch alloys with Hankook tyres apart (there’s a cause for this), the Malaysian spec S580e is a variant on the high finish of the S-Class tree and it’s very effectively specified – with out the quirks of Malaysia’s CKD native meeting, this automobile’s pure worth could be in extra of RM1 million.
The S580e is powered by a 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six engine with 367 PS and 500 Nm of torque from 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. The M256’s electrical motor accomplice has 150 PS/440 Nm, for a complete system output of 510 PS and 750 Nm. That’s 34 PS and 50 Nm greater than the earlier PHEV, the W222 S560e.
Energy goes via a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automated gearbox and the large Merc will get from 0 to 100 km/h in a sizzling hatch-beating 5.2 seconds. However extra necessary is the 100% bump in all-electric vary, to 100 km on the WLTP cycle. That is because of a lithium-ion battery that has greater than doubled in capability to twenty-eight.6 kWh. The claimed mixed gas consumption is an unbelievable 0.6 to 1.0 litre per 100 km.
Charging this PHEV is AC solely – utilizing a three-phase AC wallbox charger and at a max price of 11 kW, you’ll have the ability to high up the SOC to 80% in two to 2.5 hours.
The package record may be very lengthy, as you’d anticipate from a flagship Mercedes-Benz. Highlights embody the tremendous superior Digital Gentle LED headlamps, Tesla-style flush pop-out door handles, a fingerprint sensor for saving driver profiles, Airmatic air suspension with adaptive dampers, panoramic sunroof, entrance and rear Qi wi-fi chargers and an upgraded 64-colour ambient lighting system with 250 LEDs (was 40). The latter is spectacular at night time and is seen even within the day.
Additionally on are a 16-speaker, 760-watt Burmester 3D encompass sound system, plus mushy closing for all doorways and a hands-free powered boot.
The principle occasion is within the rear, which has power-adjustable multi-contour seats with heating (together with the pillow headrests), air flow and an ottoman with calf therapeutic massage operate. The chairs are lined in Nappa leather-based, as per the entrance ones with reminiscence and therapeutic massage. Rear passengers additionally profit from twin 11-inch touchscreens and wi-fi headsets, together with a seven-inch Android pill within the centre.
So, is the most recent Mercedes-Benz S-Class in 580e PHEV kind the very best automobile on this planet? Our man solutions this query within the video above. Do you want this new look, although? And this is likely to be simply me, however why aren’t there extra of the W223 round? Within the W222’s heyday, the Mercedes limo was in every single place; as we speak, even the BMW 7 Collection with the large nostrils is a extra frequent sight than the Sonderklasse. Simply me, most likely.
GALLERY: 2022 W223 Mercedes-Benz S580e