Report: Mercedes-Benz serious about hybridization, could reveal 10 new models by 2017

Mercedes-Benz is serious about their hybrid plans as Australia’s CarAdvice recently heard of 10 possible plug-in models from the Silver Arrow.

So far, the latest plug-in model to come from Stuttgart is the S500 Plug-In Hybrid, but similarly equipped models could surface in great variety by 2017. According to Daimler AG’s Dr. Thomas Weber, the plan involves making plug-in hybrid variants of the C-, E-, and S-Class models, in addition to various crossover SUVs. Each model could surface every four months until 2017.

The next model to follow the S-Class could be the new C-Class Plug-In Hybrid. Not much is know, though visually, the model shouldn’t be that much harder to differentiate from the standard C-Class, except for slightly more unique body work for improved aerodynamics and the inclusion of active body shutters. Under the hood should be a 2.0L turbo four-banger with a 63hp electric motor. Alternatively, the gasoline portion could involve the brand’s new 3.0L twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor.

An arrival at the Paris Auto Show is expected for the C-Class Plug-In Hybrid.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: CarAdvice.com.au

Chris Chin

Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech Freelance Automotive Journalist / Editor / Photographer

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