Insiders at Mercedes-Benz have said that the next-generation S-Class lineup in North America will go all-hybrid, save the AMG models. The move is expected to take place sometime in 2012 when the next-generation S-Class sedan arrives.
Currently, Mercedes-Benz offers its S-Class with one hybrid model, the S400 Hybrid. The model is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine mated to a compact hybrid module. Working together the system makes 295-hp with a peak torque of 284 lb-ft. Mated to 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission, it goes from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph. Fuel-economy figures come in at 19/26 mpg (city/highway). Prices for the S400 Hybrid start at $87,950.
Mercedes-Benz has already confirmed that the next-generation S 63 AMG will be powered by a 5.5L V8 biturbo engine that makes between 544-hp to 571-hp. It will allow the next-generation S 63 AMG sedan to run from 0-62 mph in just 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph.
As for going all hybrid, we’ll believe it when we see it.
2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid:
– By: Omar Rana