Monday, September 21, 2009

Mercedes-Benz @ Frankfurt: 2009 BlueZero E-Cell Plus Concept, 2009 S500 Plug-in Hybrid Concept, 2010 E-Class Estate, 2010 E63 AMG Estate, 2011 SLS AMG

- 2009 Mercedes-Benz BlueZero E-Cell Plus Concept: The near-series Mercedes-Benz BlueZero E-Cell Plus Concept electric car combines environment-friendly electric mobility in the city with unrestricted suitability for long-distance driving. This is made possible by the combination of the battery-electric drive with a combustion engine. The range extender gives the Mercedes-Benz BlueZero E-Cell Plus Concept a total range of up to about 300 miles, with 60 miles thereof solely under electric power and thus free of local emissions. This concept is both an example of clean technology and a preview of the styling for the next generation Mercedes'. For styling, this cuddly city car looks perfectly a Mercedes. It's no S-Class, but the all the traditional Mercedes styling queues are still there. A production of this concept might see life within next year.

- 2009 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid Concept: Although this might have a name of a concept, but this S500 Plug-in Hybrid does have a production sibling, the S400 BlueHYBRID. While the S400 BlueHYBRID was pretty much a conventinal hybrid, this S500 Plug-in Hybrid Concept as it showcases, a range-extender plug-in hybrid; so, it's fully runs on battery-powered electric motors for some distance, and needs be recharged with the combustion engine working. The drivetrain is made-up of a 60 hp hybrid module with a lithium-ion battery, plus a 3.5L petrol V6. Mercedes claim that this S500 Plug-in can run 18 miles solely on electric drive, and will achieve 73 mpg fuel-economy when the V6 is working. Unlike like any hybrid ever made, which all use CVT transmissions, Mercedes were able to fit their 7-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic, so it does 0 - 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. When this comes to production, it is most likely to replace the S400 BlueHYBRID. Also, Mercedes will also offer this S500 Plug-in Hybrid with a 2.2L diesel engine to give more mileage.

- 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate: Mercedes warped-up the covers of the awaited Estate (wagon) version of the new-generation 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which already has Sedan and Coupevariants. Measuring at 4.8 meters in length, 1.8 meter in width, and 1.4 meters in height is not only larger than the outgoing model, but also the largest estate car in the premium segment. Styling concerned, the E-Class Estate just looks like the new sedan, but with a hatch at the back, which make it resemble theConceptFASCINATION even more. Also like the new E-Class sedan, it boosts-up new Merc technology, such as NECK-PRO crash-responsive head restraints and a newly developed DIRECT CONTROL self-leveling suspension, which features the adaptive damping system, all come as standard equipment in the E-Class Estate. Ten engines range from 2.2L diesel, up to a 388 hp 5.4L V8 with 4-MATIC all-wheel-drive as an option. Sales just started.

- 2010 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate: This is what Mercedes' tuning arm - AMG - have done to the latest E-Class Estate. It's basically their same conversion to what they did to the E63 AMG sedan. So, AMG adds an extended AMG body-kit all round with sharper LED lights on the front, edger side skirts, a faux black rear-diffuser at the back with four loud exhausts, and lastly, a hand-built 6.3L V8, producing 525 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Engine is now mated to an all-new AMG 7-speed dual-clutch Speedshift transmission with rev-matched shifts and RACE START function, which now can handle vicious burn-outs, and 0-60 mph time in 4.6 seconds and a top speed of an electronically-limited 155 mph. Lot of the latest handling characteristics and advanced technologies have been transferred to the E63 AMG Estate. So this benefits it with a new newly developed AMG RIDE Control suspension system with electronically controlled damping, and a 3-stage ESP Program taken from the C63 AMG, allowing the driver to choose between “ESP ON”, “ESP SPORT” and “ESP OFF”. AMG will be delivering the E63 AMG Estate with its sedan sibling.

- 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: This is the latest supercar creation from Mercedes-Benz. However, unlike their last SLR, which was engineered by McLaren, this new SLS AMG is purly designed and engineered by Mercedes' in-house tuning company - AMG. The looks is somewhat retro to the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL; specially the Gullwing doors, and the sharp roof. It also catches some design cues of the 2010 Mercedes SL. Inside, the SLS AMG gets a besboquie supercar-like interior. Weighing in at around 1600 kilograms, the new SLS AMG is powered by a natrually-aspirated 6.3L AMG V8, which now produces 571 hp and 480 lb-ft of troque, which goes to the rear-wheels through an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed automatic transmission. 60 mph happens in just 3.7 seconds, and electronically-limited top speed is 200 mph. However, because the hand-built 6.3L is actaully very refind, the SLS AMG achieves 21 mpg fuel-economy on combined roads. Handling claims is supported by a 50/50 weight disturbotion, and a 3-stage ESP program like all new AMGs. Sales will start in spring 2010, with prices in Germany start at 177,000 euros.

Source : [Mercedes-Benz]

1 comment:

alfred said...

A selection of the car marques which will be showing off their new and luxury cars to keep an eye out for will include the new Aston Martin range, including the Virage model based on the DB9, with its excellent 6.0-litre V12 engine delivering 490bhp; the 235mph Pagani Huayra, which is the awesome 700bhp supercar successor to the Pagani Zonda; and the Koenigsegg Agera R with its V8 5.0 litre engine that gives an amazing 1,115bhp and will even run on biofuel, which is not bad for a hyper-car. Also on show will be the mighty new Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, with its breathtaking top speed of 252mph (407km/h).


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