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2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: new plug-in hybrid revealed inadvertently

A plug-in version of the 2013 Mercedes Benz S-Class that is set to use less fuel than a Toyota Prius has been confirmed indirectly by the German car maker.

The anticipated petrol-electric version was inadvertently revealed during a media presentation of the new S-Class model’s user interface system in Sindelfingen, Germany.

Screenshots of the limo’s TFT instrument display revealed versions showing ‘E drive’ accompanied by a battery usage gauge and graphic drivetrain schematic featuring an electric motor sitting behind a conventional engine and a battery pack positioned in the boot.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class hybrid has yet to be officially confirmed but was previewed most recently by the Vision S500 Plug in Hybrid concept (main image) shown at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show.

The S500 Hybrid concept teamed a 3.5-litre V6 engine with a 45kW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery. It was good for an estimated 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.5 seconds and fuel efficiency of 3.2 litres per 100km – an economy figure the new S-Class hybrid is believed to be targeting.


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