2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450h Hybrid
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2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450h Hybrid

New York, New York – Mercedes-Benz has presented the world premiere of the ML450 Hybrid at the New York International Auto Show, one of five debuts at the event. The new ML450 Hybrid is the first full hybrid from a European manufacturer and was specifically developed for the North American market.

Other debuts at the show include the facelifted U.S. version of the GL-Class, the sedan and coupe versions of the new E-Class, and the E63 AMG, the latest high-performance sedan from the Mercedes-AMG performance brand. The company also showed a new Vision E250 BlueTEC concept. All of these new models offer safety, comfort and driving pleasure at the very highest levels, and are distinguished by their exceptional efficiency. Despite an increase in power output, the E63 AMG consumes up to 12 per cent less fuel than its predecessor, while the ML450 Hybrid consumes almost 50 per cent less than the ML550, but with 90 per cent of the maximum power generated by the V8 model.

The concept Vision E250 BlueTEC uses an all-new four-cylinder diesel engine with BlueTEC, the most fuel-efficient and cleanest diesel model in this vehicle class. With a range of up to 5.3 L/100 km, it achieves a fuel efficiency that is better than most hybrid vehicles on the U.S. market.

The ML450 Hybrid features the latest in hybrid technology, and can operate entirely on electric power or on the combustion engine alone, or on a combination of both drives, depending on conditions. The engine produces 335 horsepower and 381 lb-ft of torque, the level of a classic eight-cylinder SUV with permanent all-wheel drive, but with fuel consumption and emissions up to 60 per cent lower. Classified as an SULEV (Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle), the SUV complies with the strictest current U.S. emissions standards.

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