Mercedes are said to be bringing a plug-in hybrid S Class to Frankfurt – the Mercedes Vision S500 Hybrid.
Update: Mercedes has now confirmed our S500 Hybrid story and we have images of the S500 hybrid at the bottom of the page
Blimey, we thought that Mercedes has done all they were going to do for now with an S Class hybrid, with the S400 Hybrid they recently announced. But it appears not. WCF are reporting that Mercedes will be bringing the Vision S500 plug-in Hybrid Concept to Frankfurt next week, and it’s promising some pretty impressive stats.
The S500 Vision will feature a V6 petrol engine paired with a 10kw lithium-ion battery pack and a 44kw motor. This combination will allow the hybrid Mercedes to travel over 18 miles on battery power alone. When the battery discharges the electric motor will power up the petrol engine.
Performance of this Mercedes hybrid is reckoned to be a 0-60mph time of around 5.5 seconds. But even more astonishing is the predicted economy at 88mpg – even better than the Fisker Karma we reported on earlier. The Vision S500 is also said to emit just 74g/km CO2.
Dr Dieter Zetsche – head of Mercedes Cars – said:
“The Vision S 500 HYBRID is a new milestone on our path toward zero-emission mobility. It is a luxurious and safe S-Class vehicle that offers superior driving performance while at the same time consuming less fuel than current compacts. All of this shows that our top models will also be able to combine automotive fascination with responsibility for the environment.”
Impressive stuff, indeed. More information as soon as we can prise it out of Mercedes.
Mercedes S500 Hybrid Plug-In Photo Image Gallery