Mercedes-Benz launched its hybrid technology this summer on the big S400 sedan, positioning the car as its entry-level S-class model.
Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche has promised a hybrid in each of its high-volume car ranges. That means that hybrid versions of the C and E classes are likely to follow. An M-class hybrid is scheduled to arrive this year.
Meanwhile, Mercedes plans several AMG performance models along with the new SLS coupe, the spiritual successor to the 1954 Mercedes 300SL.
Here are highlights of Mercedes-Benz's U.S. vehicle plans.
B class: The current-generation B class is coming to the United States as an electric fuel cell car. Mercedes will ship 100 units here next year for a trial. The cars will be available for lease, but details have not been disclosed. The car has a 250-mile range.
C class: The sedan is due for a midcycle freshening in late 2010, followed by a redesign in 2013. A coupe and convertible are likely to be added in 2011 or later.
E class: The redesigned E-class sedan and coupe went on sale this year, with a long list of new technological features shared with the S class. An E-class coupe was added, replacing the CLK coupe. The E-class wagon debuts in June.
New features include Adaptive High Beam Assist, which recognizes oncoming vehicles and adjusts the headlamps for the best possible beam angle without blinding oncoming traffic.
Lane Keeping Assist monitors lane markings and road surfaces. The system detects when the vehicle unintentionally leaves the lane, a possible sign of drowsiness. The driver is warned by short vibrations of the steering wheel.
The high-performance E63 AMG debuts this month with a 518-hp, 6.3-liter V-8 and a seven-speed automatic transmission. The E350 BlueTec V-6-powered turbodiesel will go on sale in 2010. The system uses urea, an organic chemical, to reduce nitrogen oxides in emissions.
Mercedes is considering its 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine for the United States. The engine has an estimated highway rating of nearly 40 mpg.
An E class freshening is likely in 2013.
S class: The big sedan was freshened this summer, and a range of safety technology was added. Similar technology is available on the E class.
The S400 hybrid joined the S-class range with a fuel rating of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. The 3.5-liter V-6 and electric motor develop a combined output of 295 hp and a combined maximum torque of 284 pounds-feet.
Two new AMG models went on sale last month: the 518-hp, 6.3-liter V-8-powered S63 sedan and the biturbo 604-hp, 6.0-liter V-12-powered S65.
A redesigned S class is scheduled to arrive in 2012. The S500 plug-in hybrid, unveiled at the Frankfurt show, will debut in the redesigned S class.
CL: The coupe gets the same equipment upgrades this fall as the S-class sedan.
CLS: A redesigned second-generation CLS four-door sedan is scheduled for 2011. Many of the styling cues from the new E class will be incorporated. A hybrid is expected.
SLK: A redesigned SLK hardtop convertible is expected next year.
SL: Mercedes' largest roadster likely will be redesigned in 2011.
SLS AMG: The SLS AMG arrives next spring. The hand-built coupe will have gull-wing doors, like the 1954 SL300 coupe. The car will use lightweight materials extensively, including an aluminum space frame. The 563-hp, AMG-engineered 6.3-liter V-8 will be teamed with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
SLR: Production of the high-performance roadster built by McLaren ends in November.
R class: The big crossover gets a freshening in 2010, another attempt to spark sales. No decision has been made on whether to redesign the vehicle.
GLK: The compact SUV went on sale in January and has been flying off dealership lots. A diesel variant is being considered.
ML: The ML450 Two Mode hybrid goes on sale in December with an expected fuel economy rating of 21 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. The hybrid system was co-developed with General Motors.
GL: Mercedes' biggest SUV receives a freshening this year.
G class: The iconic military-style vehicle continues for an unspecified period.
Sprinter: Select Mercedes-Benz dealers will begin selling the Sprinter commercial van in January. Chrysler Group severed its alliance with Daimler, which supplied Sprinter vans to Dodge. Chrysler says it may bring Fiat-designed commercial vans to North America as a replacement.
The Sprinter will be equipped with a version of Mercedes' V-6 diesel engine offered in the ML and GL.