2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450 Hybrid Bows in NYC

By dancurranjr On April 17th, 2009

mercedes_ml_450_hybrid2Mercedes-Benz took to the stage earlier today at the New York International Auto Show to introduce its first-ever full hybrid, the ML450 Hybrid. Tailored specifically for the hybrid-friendly North American market, the ML450 Hybrid achieves most of the standard ML550’s power – but it is capable of diesel-like fuel economy.

Mercedes’ preliminary figures put the ML450 Hybrid at 21 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. Under its hood, an Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 engine with 275 horsepower that combines with a pair of electric motors to produce a total of 335 horsepower and 381 lb-ft. of torque.

The liquid-cooled, high-voltage nickel metal hydride battery is located under the rear cargo area. It weighs 183 pounds and features 240 cells for a total electrical output of 45 kW.

The ML450 Hybrid is capable of running on just electric power at low speeds and at a complete stop. The air conditioning system runs off of an electrical compressor, meaning that it doesn’t turn off when the gas engine turns off.

Mercedes hasn’t announced pricing or an on-sale date for the ML450 Hybrid.

SOURCE: LeftLane

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