STUTTGART — Mercedes-Benz will introduce plug-in hybrids throughout its lineup, said r&d chief Thomas Weber.
“We will have a plug-in hybrid version of every volume model,” Weber said at a press event here for the S550 plug-in hybrid, the brand’s first plug-in hybrid.
Besides the S class, the plan calls for plug-in hybrid versions of the C class, as well as the next E class and replacements for the GLK class (to be called the GLC class) and the M class (to be called the GLE class). He did not specify timing, but said Mercedes would launch 10 plug-in hybrids by 2017.
The plug-in-hybrids based on Daimler’s rear-wheel-drive architectures will use parts from a common hybrid toolbox.
“The modules can be freely combined with gasoline and diesel engines and also with all engine types, starting with our four and six cylinders,” Weber said.
He said the plug-in hybrid system also works with all-wheel drive.
Station wagons and SUVs will have a modified, flatter battery pack to create an even loading floor, Weber said.
He also said that by 2020, compact front-wheel-drive vehicles such as the A class, CLA and GLA also will be offered as plug-in hybrids.