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