Mercedes will launch 10 Plug-In Hybrid models in the next three years having the most ambitious program from all premium carmakers.
Mercedes S 500 Plug-In Hybrid is not only the first Plug-In luxury saloon in the world but also a ground breaker of this technology. Using the same propulsion system Mercedes will launch 10 Plug-In Hybrid models in the next years which means one model at every four months.
The second one will be the C-Class Plug-In Hybrid, presented for the first time in a picture. C 350 Plug-In Hybrid will combine a 2 litre turbo petrol of around 211 HP with an electric engine with a maximum output a littler smaller than 116 HP offered by the electric engine from S 500 Plug-In Hybrid. C 350 Plug-In Hybrid will start in the spring of 2015.
Hybrid Plug-In technology will be available also for 4Matic versions and for front wheel cars based on MFA platform
With the occasion of the facelift of ML and GL, Mercedes will offer also a Plug-In hybrid version which will use the same combination of engines like in S 500 Plug-In Hybrid.
Jurgen Doring, head of Mercedes-Benz cars Powertrain strategy, declared that the new Hybrid propulsion could be adapted also for 4wheel drive versions and in the future also for front wheel drive cars which means that Mercedes could offer a Plug-In propulsion also for A-Class family models based on MFA platform.
is the planned electric range for the future
The Plug-In Hybrid propulsion will be available also for the next GLK (the new name will be GLC) which will be launch in 2015.
In 2016, new E-Class generation will receive also a Plug-In Hybrid version. Talking about the new E-Class, the next generation will have a dedicated E-Class coupe and cabrio in the range and not a coupe and cabrio based on C-platform like in present.
Mercedes also take into consideration permanent modernization of the actual Plug-In hybrid propulsion. The target is to have in the future an increased electric range from 33 km actually to 50 km.