Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Early Reveal: The new S 500 Plug-In Hybrid previewed in leaked patent sketches

It became a custom to reveal a car through leaked patent filings, as every respectful carmaker must legally protect a new model it releases long time before the car makes it into production. This is how we saw the SLS AMG Roadster and the A-Class earlier than planned by Mercedes-Benz. Now, the S 500 Plug-In Hybrid gets previewed after some drawings from the European Patents' Bureau have reached the media.

This variant of the new S-Class is distinguished through the modified radiator grille with revised horizontal bars, the half-splitted exhaust pipes and the charging port located inside the rear bumper under the right tail light.

Reports indicate the definitive name of the eco-friendly S-Class will be S 500 Hybrid Plus. The luxury limousine uses a 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine with direct injection and biturbocharging rated at 306 hp and an electric powerplant capable of releasing 109 hp (80 kW), thus the combined output reaching 415 hp.

The S 500 Hybrid Plus can also be run all-electric mode and, when needed, charged from a dock station. The constructor is said to be announcing a top consumption level of just 3 litres per 100 km, which really sounds like science fiction.

The official reveal will take place in September, at the IAA Frankfurt. Available as V 222 (long wheelbase) and W 222 (short wheelbase) models, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz S 500 Hybrid Plus should display an entry purchase price below 100,000 euros.

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