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Mercedes Planning S-Class Plug-in

“Greenest” S-Class model to debut at Frankfurt Motor Show.

by on Jul.09, 2013

Mercedes will bring the new S-Class Plug-in Hybrid to showrooms during the second half of 2014.

The all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is still not in showrooms but the German maker is already working up new versions of the flagship sedan that will include not only a stretch model but also what is being billed as the “greenest” S-Class ever, a new plug-in hybrid that is set to make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The extended-range model will join an expanded range of new clean, high-mileage S-Class offerings, including diesel, conventional hybrid power and Mercedes’ first diesel-electric model, the S300 BlueTec Hybrid.

Stay Plugged In!

While the maker has yet to reveal specific details, it’s expected the new Mercedes S500 Plug-in Hybrid will use a powertrain similar to that in the Vision S500 Plug-in Hybrid concept.  That would mean something on the order of 15 to 20 miles using battery power alone but, according to a report by the British Autocar, something in the range of 78 mpg using the European combined driving cycle.


First Look: 2012 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec 4Matic

Diesel power to the people.

by on Jan.10, 2011

Mercedes brings a diesel back to the U.S. S-Class line-up for the first time since 1995.

For the first time in 17 years, Mercedes-Benz will put an oil burner into the flagship S-Class line-up.  And to enhance the appeal, the 2012 Mercedes S350 BlueTec will come with the German maker’s all-wheel-drive 4Matic system.

The return of the diesel suggests that even the most affluent American motorists are beginning to pay attention to fuel economy at a time when petro-analysts are predicting gas prices could soon reach as high as $5 a gallon.

The Mercedes-Benz S350 will use the same clean BlueTec diesel currently found in the maker’s GL- and M-Class SUVs.  In the sedan, the oil burner will make a seemingly modest 210 horsepower but a stump-pulling 400 foot-pounds of torque.

Significantly, with highway mileage anticipated at somewhere above 28 mpg, the S350 will not only best the gas-powered S550’s 21 mpg, but even 25 mpg S400 Hybrid.