Mercedes-Benz ready for the plug-in hybrid era image

The German luxury brand plans to push its way into the hybrid segment with plug-in hybrid versions of all of its models that enjoy a great sales run – which practically means across the entire line-up.

Many experts have seen the advantages of the plug-in hybrid setup, which takes the best of two worlds – the traditional internal combustion engine era and the upcoming electric age. It offers a pure, electric drive scenario (albeit for a limited range), the possibility to make your daily commute only using electricity (recharging takes place at home or at the office) and the long-range associated with a full gasoline/diesel tank.

So, no wonder Mercedes is readying a full plug-in hybrid offensive after it presented the S550 plug-in version. That’s a flagship limousine that can eat just 2.8 l/100 km (about 84 mpg) thanks to a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine (329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque) mated to an electric motor that can give another 114 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.

“We will have a plug-in hybrid version of every volume model,” says Thomas Weber, Mercedes R&D chief.

The maker already plans to release soon the new C350 plug-in, mated to a smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder that goes together with an 80 hp electric motor. The electric range should be of about 20 miles and the fuel economy rating could best the S550 plug-in. The next to receive plug-in versions are the next E-class and the GLK-class and M-class successors. By 2020, even the smaller CLA or GLA should get a taste of the plug-in prowess.

Via Automotive News