By Gunnar Heinrich
WHAT can Blue do for you? Little, apparently. This time last year at NYIAS Mercedes was “a-buzzzzz” about BlueTEC – showcasing a diesel M-Class as the way of the future. But super efficient diesel SUVs are so 2008. This year it’s hybrids (!) which seems so, oh, 2004, given that Toyota’s been there, done that, & collected the trophies. But here we are with the ML450 HYBRID, nonetheless. Next year, “e85”?
From Daimler, AG
with the world premiere of the ML 450 HYBRID, Mercedes-Benz is setting the first of a total of five accents at the 2009 New York International Auto Show. The new ML 450 HYBRID is the first full hybrid from a European manufacturer and was specifically developed for the North American market.
- Compact 288-volt battery with high power density
- Sophisticated management system computes the most fuel-efficient operating mode in real time, 160 times a second with up to 50 million computing operations
- Consumption-optimised Atkinson V6 petrol engine developing 205 kW (279 hp)
- Classic benefits of the M-Class such as economy of space, high active and passive safety, ride comfort or the 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system are fully retained