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Mercedes To Electrify S-Class

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On: Mon, May 9, 2011 at 5:19PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes To Electrify S-Class

Last year, Mercedes-Benz made it clear that the SLS AMG E-Cell that it had been working on was bound for production. The E-Cell will be among the growing field of alternatively-powered supercars (think Porsche 918 Spyder).

Last week, Mercedes indicated that electric power may move down line from the E-Cell to the S-Class sedan. While the German luxury automaker fell short of confirming a full-electric S-Class, it has confirmed plans for other green vehicles.

According to Autocar, Mercedes' technical chief Thomas Weber said that the company is looking at customer demand and how it could support an electric S-class. No final decision has been made, but it appears that Mercedes is open to the possibility.

The electric S-Class is up in the air, but hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions are definites. No specifics on the hybrid powertrains planned, but the next-gen S-Class will have a variety of traditional engine options including both gas and diesel options. The report states that the model will get the smallest S-Class engine option ever in borrowing the 201-hp 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel from the S250 CDI.

The new S-Class will also get a completely redesigned cabin with elements pulled from the F800 Style concept debuted at last year's Geneva Motor Show. That model was designed around two powertrain options, the most relevant of which being a 400-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain with 300-hp V6 engine and 109-hp, lithium-ion-powered electric motor. The concept boasted an 18-mile all-electric range.

The new S-class will also feature new technologies inside. It should debut next year and will be a 2013 model.

Late last month, Daimler reported a 71 percent growth in operating profit during the first quarter of this year, boosted largely by S-Class sales. S-Class deliveries grew by 25 percent during the quarter.


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