2010 Mercedes-Benz S 500 (Europe) S 550 Canada
2010 Mercedes-Benz S 500 (Europe) S 550 Canada. Click image to enlarge

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2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz has given its ultra luxury S-Class model range a mild facelift for 2010, added a bunch of new and improved technology and introduced the first gas-electric hybrid vehicle to use a lithium-ion battery.

When they go on sale later this year (late summer or early fall), the 2010 models will be differentiated by revised front and rear treatments that feature LEDs in the headlights, turn signals, taillights and some that illuminate the rear license plate. There is also a new exterior mirror design and the exhaust pipes are now integrated into the rear bumper. Inside, the seats have been revised, the steering wheel updated, the armrest re-designed and ambient lighting upgraded with three colour choices. With one new exception, engine and drivetrain choices are a carry-over from 2009.

2010 Mercedes-Benz S 500 (Europe) S 550 Canada
2010 Mercedes-Benz S 500 (Europe) S 550 Canada. Click image to enlarge

If that was all there was to it, we could just show you the photos and take the rest of the afternoon off. The real story behind this mid-cycle update is technological and it is so significant that it is worth reading on.

2010 Mercedes-Benz S 400 Hybrid

Complementing the extensive line-up of S-Class luxury sedans, a group that in Canada now includes the S 450 4Matic (short wheel base, 4.6-L V8), S 550 4Matic (5.5-L V8), S 600 (5.5-L V12), S 63 AMG (6.2-L V8) and S 65 AMG (6.0-L bi-turbo V12), is an all new luxury gas-electric hybrid.

The S 400 Hybrid is the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle with a gasoline-electric hybrid drive. Although two years behind the Lexus LS 600hL, it is by no means a follower, as the Benz introduces, for the first time in an automotive application, the lithium-ion battery.

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