Who says you cannot combine sports, luxury, affordability and eco-friendliness all in one vehicle? It certainly was not Mercedes-Benz and the automaker’s 2010 ML450H Hybrid is here to prove it. The ML450H is MB’s first production hybrid that mixes gas and electric capabilities into one car for the ultimate in power and eco-consciousness. And when it debuted at the 2009 New York Auto Show, it was the only thing people could talk about!
Mercedes-Benz worked on the dual-mode engine with other automakers to come up with the best in the business. With the help of General Motors, Chrysler and BMW, the German automaker created a hybrid that is similar to the one used in the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. The engine consists of a gasoline-powered engine combined with a CVT, or continuously variable transmission, along with four clutches and twin electric motors. The German automaker also included Mercedes-Benz’s patented 4Matic all-wheel drive system to make this hybrid really stand out from the rest.
With this intricate system, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450H Hybrid provides more than 330 horsepower along with 380 pound-feet of torque. But with all that power, you still get decent gas mileage. The EPA estimates that the 2010 ML450H gets about 21 miles per gallon in the city and nearly 25 miles to the gallon when driving on the highway. You can also get up to 60 miles per hour from a stop in less than 8 seconds. Tell me that’s not impressive for a hybrid!
Here’s something that is even more amazing about the ML450H: If you want to get even better performance (like if you want to show off at a red light or for your girlfriend), you can switch to Sport mode. This reprograms the transmission so you can get shorter shift times and eight fixed ratios for more speed and better acceleration. And while you are driving, you can get a real-time display right on the dash that tells you about how much charge is left in the battery, your fuel consumption and the energy flow so you can adjust your driving habits accordingly.
On the exterior, Mercedes-Benz decided to give the ML450H a low profile. It does, however, have a modified hood and a BlueEfficiency logo on the fender. You may also notice a hybrid badge on the back to show others its eco-friendly status.
Don’t take our word for it, though. Take the 2010 Mercedes-Benz ML450H Hybrid for a test drive at one of your NJ area Benz dealers and see how you can get fuel efficiency and performance wrapped up in one luxurious vehicle. You may not believe your eyes!