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2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to an Autoblog source close to the project, Mercedes-Benz will go all-hybrid with its next-generation S-Class lineup in America – with the exception of enthusiast-oriented AMG models. The plutocrat cruiser is expected to roll up in 2012, and it is understood that gas-only S-Class models will be the exclusive preserve of the company's performance arm – the German automaker is not talking about offering both regular and hybrid variants of the same model, at least in the States.

Presently, Daimler only offers a single gasoline-electric variant of its W221 S-Class – the S400 hybrid (the range's price leader at $87,950), and it incorporates a 3.5-liter V6 with a mild hybrid assist system for 295 horsepower and 26 miles-per-gallon on the freeway. Other models in current S-Class lineup all have more cylinders and power, including the 382-hp 5.5-liter V8 of the S550 and the twin-turbo 5.5-liter V12 of the S600. It is not immediately clear if company engineers plan to downsize the internal-combustion side of the next S' powertrain equation as a result of the all gas-electric strategy. While we expect Mercedes will offer a range of CDI diesel models in European market, no such model is apparently planned for the States at this time.

While the Daimler board has yet to sign-off on this plan, it appears to be all but certain. Interestingly, our contact indicates that S400 sales are going swimmingly in the States – particularly among Hollywood's green-minded glitterati, a contingent that our source maintains is abandoning their Priuses at a furious rate now that the model has become "something of a pariah" due to Toyota's recent troubles.

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      I am surprised they would not offer a CDI S class. I think their 350CDI engine would sell well in the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      memo to neandertals:

      it's the way of the future.

      come in with the milk.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love Mercedes but, this annoys me to no end. Why would you force anyone who wants an s-class to buy a hybrid??? I know you can get the AMG model which is awesome, but even for rich people, a 63% premium for a non-hybrid model is an insane premium. I'm sure Mercedes has seen, that in this current enviro nut culture, they can have crazy profit margins on hybrids and idiots will still by them. But by the time these hit dealers, the stupid hybrid craze will be over because the economy is in the tank and nobody can afford the premiums you have to pay for marginally better gas mileage. I just can't understand how a company that happily pays the extreme fees to our government for having fleets that don't meet mpg standards is going to do this. At least we still have AMG and the M division, for now.
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        "Why would you force anyone who wants an s-class to buy a hybrid???"

        Wrong, they will not force ANYONE, just American customers. Since American customers voted thumbs up to having little or no choices when buying a car, Mercedes-Benz knows they can pull it off.

        For all of those who can't care less because they will never buy an S-class, you better start insisting on options for vehicles you buy right now (more body styles, more engines, more options to be picked outside of packages) because when this flies off with S-class, even "normal" cars might come with one powertrain and two trims available. Just like it already is with Honda Civic or current Ford Focus, for example.

        That would be a sad day for car enthusiasts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't see any good reason not to do this. Outside of people in the market for the AMG models, this isn't a buyer group that's going to be THAT hung up on the perceived tradeoffs of a hybrid drivetrain. As a person who will likely never purchase a brand new car of any kind because of the absurd depreciation, I'm probably not going to put any future S-Class cars on my short list, though. They're already a gamble when it comes to long-term ownership expense, and this is just going to compound the problem for second and third owners. Oh well. The 2011 A8L is what I've got my eye on anyway...
      • 5 Years Ago
      due to heavy fines that BM cannot meet MPG average and is the has worst CO2 figure among 11 EU auto manufactures?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Might work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like the facts or not, lithium ion battery backs cost more to recycle than creating brand new ones. Autoblog's own John McElroy has already reported that in the past.

      One can argue the pollution created with IC powertrain components verses hybrid powertrain components. I'm not a chemist and can't comment on the specifics but there is with hybrids an end-of-life-cycle environmental impact that cannot be ignored.

      Also, the cost penalties with hybrids are still a problem and they are still not very economical. Until better processes for batteries are created or gas becomes seriously expensive ($5+ a gallon) hybrids simply do not make sense other than to fulfill an emotional need by some to have them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've been saying this for years.

      A car in this segment is expensive and large enough to make it perfect for hybridization... and not just one model, but make them ALL hybrids.

      This will help M-B pay off their R&D investment into electric/hybrid powertrains and let that technology trickle-down to cheaper models.

      Not a huge fan of M-B myself, but this is a very smart move.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bold move. Get used to it though...
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      ".....S400 sales are going swimmingly in the States – particularly among Hollywood's green-minded glitterati,"

      This hits the nail on the head.

      These cars are little more than the latest "green" jewelry for the rich Hollywood hypocrites.

      Ya, they are soooooooo green with one of these parked in their heated 8 car garage attached to the 10,000 sq ft mansion.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bad move MB, not everyone wants or needs a Hybrid. Plus the batteries are killing the environment. Better off with Diesel I'd say. or how about leaving just the one model for the hybrid system.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The "batteries harm the environment" argument has been put to rest. It's not true. Catch up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Here we go again.
        Another person that fell for that bogus claim that batteries were "hurting the environment."

        Let me guess... you also believed the email that was going around a few years ago that a Hummer was more environmentally friendly than a Prius.


        Not everyone NEEDS a car as large and opulent as an S-class. If you have the dough for a car that large, then at the very least it should be as fuel efficient as possible.
      • 5 Years Ago
      26 mpg highway is great - But when I can get 29-30mpg highway in a LS460L with a bigger ICE and no hybrid drivetrain...something is wrong.
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