The hybrid version of the new generation Mercedes S-Class is on its way and will be arriving in selected markets around the world sooner than anticipated. That is of course after it made its public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. These are the first shots of the S500 hybrid, which is powered by a plug-in system.
Even though the badge on the new S-Class hybrid says S500, it doesn’t have a V8 engine. The hybrid systems consists of a V6 unit that powers the rear axle, and an electric motor that powers the front one. It allows for pure electric drive for a couple of kilometers with a max speed of 130 km/h, which is impressive.
No word on the electric range yet, but reports suggest the S500 hybrid will be a three-liter car, meaning it will have an average fuel consumption of 3 liters per 100 km. CO2 emissions are said to be less than 75 g/km; astonishing figures for a luxurious saloon.
As mentioned it is a plug-in hybrid system, which means you can either let the car itself charges its batteries, or help the process by plugging it in. The car comes with a port located in the rear bumper, which to be honest doesn’t seem like an appropriate location, as it can easily get destroyed even in a mild crash.