The Mercedes-Maybach S580e is the marquee’s first plug-in hybrid model. The automaker already offers a non-Maybach version, debuting in 2020. The company’s plug-in hybrid will launch first in China. Launches in Thailand, Europe, and then other countries will follow.
At the heart of the plug-in hybrid is Mercedes’ 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder petrol engine. It produces 367 horsepower (270 kilowatts) and 368 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque alone. The electric motor produces 150 hp (110 kW) and 324 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque, which is available from first engine revolution.
The electric motor and petrol engine produce a combined 510 hp (375 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque, the same output as the Mercedes-Benz S580e. Mercedes says the Maybach S580e can sprint up to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 5.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph (250 kph). The car’s top speed in electric mode is much lower at 87 mph (140 kph).
The Maybach comes standard with an 11 kilowatt charger, but a 60 kW DC charger is an available option. From empty, a 60 kW plug can recharge the battery in about 30 minutes. Mercedes-Maybach doesn’t disclose battery sizes, but we do know that the Mercedes-Benz S580e has a 28.0 kilowatt-hour battery pack, more than twice the size of the plug-in hybrid it replaces. The Maybach has an electric range of up to 62 miles (100 kilometers) based on the WLTP, the same as the Benz version.
Maybach has quietly integrated many electric-only features into the vehicle. The company hid the charger port door on the left side, while the blue accents on the headlights hint at its electrified status. Inside, Maybach added a battery charge status indicator to the instrument panel.
Mercedes-Maybach did not detail or disclose any other significant changes made to the plug-in model. It will be packed with glitz, glamour, and technology, just like the rest of the Maybach lineup. The company didn’t announce when it would go on sale or price, but that information should be out before it hits the showroom floor.