Mercedes will launch a plug-in hybrid version of the new S-class in September

Mercedes will launch a plug-in hybrid version of its new S-class at the Frankfurt motor show with CO2 emissions below 75g/km.

Autocar understands the final CO2 figure of the S500 Plug-in Hybrid, as the model will be known, will be just 70g/km in order to trump the 71g/km figure of current lowest CO2 emitter in the luxury saloon segment, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid. Economy is expected to be above 90mpg on the combined cycle.

The model, previewed at the media launch of the new S-class in Toronto — ahead of its full reveal at Frankfurt — will mix a V6 petrol engine with an electric motor and a battery pack mounted in the boot. Some boot capacity will be lost to the batteries.

The S500 Plug-in Hybrid will be the third and most efficient hybrid in the new S-class line-up. Others offered include the not-for-UK petrol-electric S400 Hybrid and the S300 BlueTec diesel-electric hybrid.

Mercedes sold more hybrids than all of its luxury German rivals put together last year. It sold 20,000 hybrid versions of the previous-gen S-class, 60 per cent of which were in China.

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The Mercedes S-Class is a fine luxury car and a technological masterstroke. It is calm but rewarding

Join the debate

Comments
11

4 July 2013

So, imagine you have £80k to spend on a car. Are you going to want a car that you have to bloody plug in? Would you be bothered by CO2 levels? Fuel economy?

Can't see the target market.

4 July 2013

Ray6O wrote:

So, imagine you have £80k to spend on a car. Are you going to want a car that you have to bloody plug in? Would you be bothered by CO2 levels? Fuel economy?

Can't see the target market.

I think you miss the point. You dont have to plug it in, it will work as a normal hybrid when all you do is stick petrol in it, but because its lugging around a huge battery pack your CoCar tax will be much less, and of course you can drive into London with causing any congestion. So whilst you might not be bothered by CO2 you are going to be bothered by tax.

Or maybe you will just tell your driver to plug it in?

6 July 2013

Ray6O wrote:

Are you going to want a car that you have to bloody plug in?

You don't have to plug it in you numpty.

4 July 2013

So you'd pay the premium over the regular S500 for this? The premium will probably exceed any tax that could be paid. I don't buy that logic at all.

4 July 2013

Apart from proving just how ridiculous the CO2-based London Congestion Charge is (this behemoth with be exempt, whereas non-electric Smart car wont!!), I can't see any point of a hybrid S-class, given its target audience (business people who couldn't care less about the cost of what wafts them around from meeting to meeting to airport, etc.) ...

"But sir, you'll be saving the £10 daily congestion charge AND saving the planet" ... "Yeah, whatever, Jeeves, just put your foot down!" ...

4 July 2013

I'd still rather have a Tesla Model S Performance.

5 July 2013

The article clearly tells you they sold over 20,000 last year so why people are arguing on whether owners of the new S-class will opt for one I don't know. Mercedes know their markets, it's reflected in their sales!

Common sense does not always prevail!

5 July 2013

nosha wrote:

The article clearly tells you they sold over 20,000 last year so why people are arguing on whether owners of the new S-class will opt for one I don't know. Mercedes know their markets, it's reflected in their sales!

A good point. Another point worth considering is that the kind of people who buy these kinds of cars are probably businessmen of some sort. Now, even though they are rich and thus have the money to spend on fuel, they became successful by maximising the gains from their investment, i.e. they reduce costs as much as possible. In fact, rich people are sometimes even less reluctant to spend money than us less fortunate souls. So if this hybrid can really achieve better fuel economy than comparable petrol variants whilst achieving similar performance levels, then over the long-run it may well be that this hybrid version will cost less than the other models, hence its popularity.

 

- Follow your own star -

5 July 2013

It's all about tax - stick a non-hybrid through your company and you will be paying tax on more income than you get in real benefit.  Shove a hybrid through and on these figures Angel get full write down against corporation tax in year 1, (b) pay tax on an amount of income well below the real benefit of the car and (c) possibly pay tax on fuel benefit well below the real cost.  The costs would be too much for me but one of my business partners could well stick his (next) S class through his company.  He's getting fed up of the rude comments about his Panamera (some of them from me Lol

7 July 2013

One after the other all car makers are going to join the plug-in bandwagon to avoid penalties.

Hard to imagine a full-scale luxury saloon going in and out of London congestion charge free.

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Seat Leon ST Cupra 2.0 TSI 4Drive 300PS DSG
    First Drive
    28 April 2017
    Seat's fastest Leon ST is fun to drive quickly and has enough space for all the family, but VW's own Golf R Estate is even better to drive
  • Porsche 911 GT3 manual 2017 review
    First Drive
    28 April 2017
    The new 911 GT3 is an excellent machine; does the addition of a manual gearbox make it even better?
  • Skoda Karoq
    First Drive
    28 April 2017
    The Yeti has morphed into the Karoq for its second generation, and this early drive reveals a solid, practical small SUV that could challenge the class best
  • Opel Ampera-e
    First Drive
    27 April 2017
    Opel's second-generation Ampera is smaller than the first, and now purely electric. It's also very capable with a remarkable range
  • Lotus Elise Sprint
    First Drive
    27 April 2017
    The latest incarnation of the Elise may be out of its depth on track, but on the public road it is probably the purest version since the original