Mercedes-Benz hasn’t had much success with its EQ Power range of plug-in hybrid powertrains in the U.S., recently dropping batteries in the short-lived GLC 350e and S 560e, and launching The 2024 GLE 400e 4Matic. Dual power motives are a bigger deal in other markets, hence the introduction of the Mercedes-Maybach S 580e. Maybach’s first PHEV is a rebranded and more luxurious version of the Mercedes-Benz S 580e due in July 2021. As with the previous car, the signature is the charging port on the rear fender on the driver’s side. You’ll need to know your S-Class very well, as the charge port mirrors the fuel filler door on the rear fender on the passenger side.

The ultra-luxury sedan starts the premium brand’s electrification path with the first battery-electric Maybach due late this year or early next year. As part of badge engineering, we familiarize ourselves with the specs. Under the hood sits a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, which on its own makes 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The electric partner is a single electric motor making 148 horsepower and 325 pound-feet, with a combined powertrain rated at 503 horsepower and 553 pound-feet. The roughly 5,250-pound four-door accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155 mph when using both the ICE and electric heart. In electric-only mode, the 28-kWh battery pack provides a silent 62 miles of driving and a top speed of 87 mph. The battery pack can be fully charged in 30 minutes using a 60kW DC charger, otherwise, the on-board 11kW on-board charger will suffice.

Only the rear-wheel drive version is currently available. However, since Mercedes launched the car five months after the S 580e 4Matic, it makes sense to believe the Maybach S 580e 4Matic isn’t far off. However, since we still don’t have a hybrid S-Class, the chances of us getting one seem slim.

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