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Mercedes To Rely On Plug-In Tech For Future Large Cars

While mainstream cars downsize to four and even three-cylinder engines, there will always be demand for large and luxurious cars like the Mercedes-Benz S Class. Buyers have no issues accepting a four-cylinder C Class, but it’s unlikely that the same can be said about the flagship S Class.

That said, downsizing will be necessary even on the S Class to meet ever stricter fuel economy and tailpipe emission standards. To deliver the kind of power customers expect with the efficiency the manufacturer needs, Autocar says that Mercedes will turn to plug-in hybrid technology for large cars.

Jurgen Doring, head of powertrain strategy for Mercedes-Benz, believes that up to 25-percent of Mercedes’ future product range will utilize plug-in hybrid drivetrains. Weight reduction will also be key, and Doring states that each new powertrain module developed has a weight-reduction goal of 14-percent.
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