Now that BMW is unveiling the hybrid version of its X6 model, Mercedes Benz is also playing the ball by announcing the ML450 Hybrid 4Matic for the American market.
The ML450 HYBRID joins the S400 HYBRID and our BlueTEC diesel models in our portfolio of fuel-efficient and environmentally compatible vehicles and will be offered as part of a special lease only option (no purchase) for a monthly lease price of $659 per month for 36 months and $549 per month for 60 months.
ML’s hybrid powertrain consists of a 3.5 liter gasoline V6 engine which is optimized via the Atkinson cycle and delivers 275 hp, plus two electric motors which develop 80 hp and 192 lb.-ft of torque and 83 hp and 173 lb.-ft of torque.
So the car has a combined power of 335 hp and 381 lb.-ft. of torque, which is the same sort of power you get from a 550 V8 engine but with 46 percent better fuel economy. The car manages 21 miles per gallon around town and 24 mpg on the highway.