With Mercedes-Benz bringing out coupe and plug-in hybrid versions of its S-Class sedan, the German automaker just may stick to by way of with a battery-electric variant as properly. Which is what the company’;s Uwe Ernstberger told the folks at Leading Gear for the duration of the Geneva Motor Present. And even though he noted the firm still demands to function in a larger-than-usual battery pack and was much less than certain with details, he did envision an all-electric S-Class “in the potential.” Of course, rumors started out bubbling about an EV S-Class as far back as 2011, so we’;ll see.
Christian Bokich, department manager for merchandise and technologies communications for Mercedes-Benz USA, would not confirm anything at all about an electrical S-Class, but he did give AutoblogGreen an official rundown of MB’;s approaching green automobiles in the US, beginning with the launch of the all-electrical B-Class ED in July of this 12 months in the ZEV states (launch details for other states are TBA, he mentioned). An S-Class plug-in hybrid is coming in the initial half of 2015, followed by a C-Class PHEV closer towards the end of that year in the USA. There is also a C-Class 4-cylinder BlueTEC coming at some level in 2016.
Right up until we get more concrete info about the attainable S-Class EV, let us overview what we know about the PHEV. Last September, Mercedes-Benz started showing off the plug-in hybrid S-Class, saying that it could go as far as 19 miles on electric electrical power alone and had a preliminary fuel efficiency rating of far more than 78 miles per gallon, using the more lenient European driving cycle.
Earlier this week, Mercedes showed off its S-Class Coupe. That model’;s US version will have a twin-turbocharged V8 that kicks in 449 horsepower, a number of much more than the presumptive S-Class EV will have. Ernstberger also said Mercedes would join the ranks of automakers giving autonomous driving programs and pointed out the S-Class as getting at the “leading of the motion.” He held his tongue when asked about the chance of an S-Class cabriolet.