A plug-in hybrid Mercedes-Benz S-Class is reportedly coming to the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall, and to read word around the web, it will establish benchmarks in the segment. According to Australian site CarSales.com, its introduction is "likely to be within six months of the reveal" of the standard sedan, which would place it in early 2014 – another source thinks it could be introduced in the fall of next year.

Called the S500 in Australia but likely to be called the S550 here, assembling the various rumors
yields a motor yacht that bests the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid for the segment's lowest CO2 emissions at 70 g/km (in fact, that's better than a few variants of the Toyota Prius). The big Benz will use a 3.5-liter V6 aided by one electric motor and a battery pack in the floor of the trunk, and it will do 15 to 20 miles on electric power and get from 0-to-60 miles per hour in under six seconds. The model will also get an AMG tailpipe treatment according to patent drawings, and might boast a US combined rating of around 75 miles per gallon.

Autocar notes that Mercedes-Benz has sold more hybrids than the other Teutonic luxury makers combined in 2012. If the S-Class PHEV unveiled in Frankfurt can stand up to the gossip, we can envision the trend continuing.


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      Bloomsbury
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here in London the S-Class is the clear chauffeur driven car of choice, usually diesels or sometimes S500 variants. This hybrid would no doubt replace almost all those current cars due to the lower running costs and make much more sense for the driver's that will be sitting around outside airports and office buildings watching TV or getting stuck in traffic. As a car to own and drive yourself, the Tesla makes a lot of sense and is probably more of a threat to the Quattroporte than it is to the S-Class. The S-Class is a very different beast.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bloomsbury
        If the S-class hybrid is eligible for congestion charge exemption, it will score big time in London.
      Skylar Ross Toups
      • 1 Year Ago
      The number on pure electric isnt great enough for a solid EV sale but I don't think that was their intention the 75mpg ratings is a marketing gold mine, not that Mercedes needs any marketing. The company seems to be thinking forward first the SLS AMG E-Cell and now actual systems in their "mass market" cars.
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      EV technology has become the mainstream method of making luxury vehicles more acceptable and conform with various government regulations. A large Mercedes with a lower fuel consumption, and better technology, won't 'save the planet', but it does set an example for greater, and greater, integration of EV technology throughout the motoring world. Perhaps not giant steps, but steps nevertheless in the right direction.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      That silver one looks amazing.
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        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        As usual, you don't know what you're talking about.
          Hernan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Snark
          Here's the 10Q for May. Seems to me that you, Giza, are mistaken about Tesla's struggle. http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1318605/000119312513212354/d511008d10q.htm
          Snark
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Snark
          Mr. Clueless is an apt moniker, yes.
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          @Snark
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      RomanM
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'de take this over Tesla, i.e. if I could afford either.
      smugblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too little too late.
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ugh i hate two-spoke steering wheels. They will forever remind me of Saturn steering wheels
        Hernan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bonehead
        Don't know about Saturn, but I agree this steering wheel looks weird.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      The strong sales of the Tesla Model S are forcing other luxury makers to become more innovative. More competition is a good thing.
        smugblog
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        Tesla has turned the luxo barge market on its head. In California the Tesla Model S outsells the S class, 7 series and A8 combined.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      This looks like Dan's dream car to me. Not only super lightweight and aerodynamic, but made in Germany! :-0
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