Report: Next Generation S-Class Models to be Hybrid-Only, Except for AMGs

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Report: Next Generation S-Class Models to be Hybrid-Only, Except for AMGs

The next generation S-Class models will be offered exclusively as hybrids in North America, according to a report by Autoblog. Exempt, however, will be the high-performance AMG models. Mercedes will deliver the new model in 2012.

Currently Mercedes offers three non-AMG models, including two gasoline models – the 382-hp 5.5-liter V8-powered S550 and the twin-turbo 5.5-liter V12-powered S600.  There’s also the brand’s first hybrid, the S400 (reviewed here) with a lithium-ion battery, 3.5-liter V6 and a rating of 26 mpg on the highway. Apparently, the popularity of that model is part of the reason behind the decision at Mercedes.

It’s not clear if Mercedes will offer just one hybrid S-Class or perhaps two different options, one with more power and lower fuel economy and one with less power and increased fuel economy.

[Source: Autoblog]

  • larry

    Hybrid cars are supposedly good for the environment by producing less smog by using less fuel. If Mercedes Benz really wants to hype itself into a truly greener planet, they should also offer to buy back all the old diesel Mercedes that are still on the roads, damaging the environment around the world.

  • Drew Webb

    Diesels don’t do half the damage that newer gassers do that have to be replaced every few years. My 26 year old diesel was only made once- since most folks replace their cars every 4-5 years, I’ve saved 5x the manufacturing energy, pollution, and natural resources over those folks. Besides you should read the news- global warming is hardly a known cause thing any more since the revelation of the fraud via the UK emails from the researchers about hiding all the contrary data. Stay off that Kool-Aid and think for yourself!