• Jul 17, 2006
DaimlerChrysler is reportedly preparing a hybrid version of its S-Class luxury sedan for sale in 2008. Likely spurred on by Lexus introducing the LS600h L at the 2006 New York auto show, Mercedes plans to offer a slightly different set up than its Japanese competitor. Whereas the LS600h L is a full hybrid pairing a 4.3L V8 with a pair of electric motors (it's named the LS600h L because Lexus claims the engine's power is equivalent to that of a 6.0-liter V12), the Mercedes-Benz S-Class hybrid will likely be a mild hybrid. Both the Direct Hybrid and Bluetec Hybrid concepts shown at the 2005 Frankfurt motor were mild hybrids, meaning the electric motors only assist the engine, though the former paired its electric motor with a 3.5-liter gasoline engine and the latter used the 3.0-liter Bluetec diesel.
Furthermore, Mercedes will introduce the S-Class hybrid in the U.S. and Japan first, mainly because diesels are the powerplant of choice in Europe for those looking for high mileage.

[Source: Autoblog.nl]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually the LS600h has a 5.0L V8+hybrid and "over 430hp" not a 4.3l v-8.

      In fact, Lexus doesn't use the 4.3L 3FR-FSE engines anymore on their new models. They moved to the 380hp 4.6L engines.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm glad that another manufacturer is getting into the hybrid gig. I just wish that there'd be less emphasis on the performance hybrids instead of the gas savings hybrids.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Mercedes cannot produce a quality and attractive S Class. What will get the public excited about a hybrid? "
      You must be kidding
      • 8 Years Ago
      "There is a large segment of population that is convinced that performance is the key to good value in a vehicle. This idea is responsible for much of the profits."

      I can't argue against it, because I see it everywhere. I do lament it, though. If Mercedes-Benz can some $$$ and improve their design some, it's a good thing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the pic looks good. something Benz havent done in a long time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I just wish that there'd be less emphasis on the performance hybrids instead of the gas savings hybrids."

      There is a large segment of population that is convinced that performance is the key to good value in a vehicle. This idea is responsible for much of the profits.

      Let's say some new fuel-efficient car comes to the scene; same size and weight, but outrageous mpg and poor performance. Sure, it would worth more than a typical car, but it would never command the same price as a luxury or a sports car. People are only interested in saving fuel now that fuel prices are uncertain. Once the price settled again, people will adjust, and fuel-saving technology will be old news again. The next 0-60 in 3 seconds will be the new halo for the masses.