Mercedes Planning to Replace Entire S-Line with Hybrids

Nearly every car manufacturer has at least one hybrid vehicle either in the works or already in production, with more still in the planning stages. Mercedes, on the other hand, has decided to go a step farther and beginning transitioning their popular S-Class into a full hybrid lineup.

The S-Class currently offers only a single hybrid model, the S400 Sedan, which costs just shy of $88,000. Assuming the prices stay fairly consistent with the introduction of the Hybridized variants of the S550 and S600, prices should fall around 90,000 and $150,000 respectively.

Both of the new hybrid systems are expected to make use of Mercedes' 7G-TRONIC dual clutch automatic transmission, as is found in the S400 Hybrid. The petroleum powerplant has yet to be decided upon, although it's a safe bet that it will be an upgrade from the V6 unit found in the S400.

Of course this switch does not include the much sportier AMG side of the S-Class, which will likely be receiving updated engines to help with the reduction in fuel consumption. Mercedes-Benz has promised us the AMG models will still be at the forefront of performance and luxury.

More information is expected to be available by the end of the second quarter.

The Motor Report
Apr 2, 2010
by Anonymous

Make some for the Rental Market

Dear MB:

Make some for Sales & Rentals alone.

Tire of those plain Jane Hybrids.